Monday Night at the Opera

KSQD Santa Cruz presents a summer of engaging drama, spectacular voices, and glorious music, every Monday evening  7 to 10 p.m. on KSQD Santa Cruz. Programs contain a brief synopsis of each story as well as incidental information on the composers and past productions – prepared by host Joe Truskot. In addition, when time allows, you’ll hear great compositions for voice and chorus to complete the evening’s program. Underwriting possibilities such as dedications of programs are now available. Call during show hours: 831-900-5773.

May 25:

The Pirates of Penzance

by Gilbert & Sullivan, Sir Malcolm Sargent conducts the Pro Arte Orchestra and Chorus and

A Sea Symphony (Symphony No.1)

by Ralph Vaughan Williams with Amanda Roocroft, Thomas Hampson and Andrew Davis conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

June 1:

La forza del destino

by Giuseppe Verdi, Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, James Levine conducting the London Symphony Orchestra

June 8:


by Piotr Tchaikovsky, Galina Gorchakova, Sergei Alexashkin, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Valerie Gergiev conducting the Kirov Chorus and Orchestra and

The Bells

by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Svetla Vassileva, Misha Didyk, Alexei Tanovitski, Gianandrea Noseda conducting the Chorus of the Mariinsky Teatre and the BBC Philharmonic

June 15:

Les Contes d’Hoffmann

by Jacques Offenbach, Placido Domingo, Edita Gruberova, Seiji Ozawa conducting the Chorus of Radio France and the French National Orchestra and

La Mort de Cléopâtre

by Hector Berlioz, Janet Baker, Sir John Barbirolli conducting the New Philharmonia Orchestra

June 22:


by Joseph Hadyn, Jessye Norman, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Claes H. Ahnsjo, Samuel Ramey, Antal Dorati conducting the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and

Egmont, Op.84

by Ludwig van Beethoven, Mechthild Gessendorf, Dennis Russell Davies conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke’s

June 29:

La sonnambula

by Vincenzo Bellini, Natalie Dessay, Francesco Meli, Carlo Colombara, Evelino Pido conducting Opera de Lyon Chorus and Orchestra and

Requiem in C Minor

by Luigi Cherubini, Ambrosian Singers, Riccardo Muti conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra London

July 6:

The Death of Klinghoffer

by John Adams, Sanford Sylvan, Sheila Nadler, Eugene Perry, James Maddalena, Janic Felty, Thomas Hammons, Thomas Young, Kent Nagano conducting Opera de Lyon Orchestra and

The Prayers of Kierkegaard

by Samuel Barber, Sarah Reese, Andrew Schenck conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

July 13:

Manon Lescaut

by Giacomo Puccini, Maria Guleghina, José Cura, Lucio Gallo, Riccardo Muti conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala and

Trionfo di Afrodite

by Carl Orff, Annelies Kupper, Elisabeth Lindermeier, Elisabeth Wiese-Lange, Richard Holm, Ratko Delorko, Kurt Bohme, Eugen Jochum conducting Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

July 20:

The Abduction from the Seraglio

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Rolf Boysen, Fritz Wunderlich, Erika Koth, Kurt Bohme, Eugen Jochum conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera and

Songs from Das Knaben Wunderhorn

by Gustav Mahler, Jessye Norman and John Shirley-Quirk, Bernard Haitink conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

July 27:

From the House of the Dead

by Leos Janacek, Jiri Zahradnicek, Ivo Zidek, Vaclav Zitek, Dalibor Jedlicka, Jaroslava Janska, Sir Charles Mackerras conducts the Vienna State Opera Chorus and the Vienna Philharmonic and Chorus

Mass in D Major

by Antonin Dvorak, Natalie Romanova Anna Barova, Miroslav Kopp, Ludek Vele, Lubomir Matl and the Prague Philharmonic Choir