It's hard to believe how much has been going on this fall. All within the first three weeks of the season we managed to get three operas up and running (Turandot, Heart of a Soldier and Lucrezia Borgia); put on two fabulous galas--Opera Ball 2011: A Night in the Forbidden City and Bravo! Club Opening Night Gala; present the world premiere of a brand new opera; hold the City of San Francisco's official observance of the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks through a moving concert in Golden Gate Park; host Opera at the Ballpark at AT&T Park for the first time in daylight; and meanwhile launch our second series of television screenings on KQED 9. We are proud to be such an integral part of San Francisco's community and look forward to the rest of the 2011 fall season!
Posted: 10/11/2011 by San Francisco Opera


Webcor Builders Presents Opera at the Ballpark is an exciting and exhilarating event. It’s quite an experience to enjoy free opera “al fresco” with thousands of fans. For the simulcast attendee, the entire experience lasts a few hours. As a Marketing Associate for San Francisco Opera, my involvement in this event takes a bit more time than that. Ok, a lot more time than that. Ever wonder what it’s like to be one of the many people involved in putting on an event such as Opera at the Ballpark? Below is a timeline of what it’s like to work the event as a member of the marketing team.
Posted: 09/27/2011 by Sheeda Jamsheed (Marketing Operations Associate)


On Sunday, September 25, some 16,000 fans gathered at AT&T Park, home to World Series champions the San Francisco Giants, to watch and listen as an ice princess melted, bureaucrats blustered, and high notes were hit out of the park. Despite a gloomy weather forecast, those who took a chance were rewarded with a beautiful, mild San Francisco day, including sunshine and sailboats in the bay. For the Opera’s sixth annual ballpark simulcast, Puccini’s Turandot was transmitted live from the Opera House to the Ballpark across 2.5 miles of fiber optic cable. The relaxed venue lent itself to sharing the experience with others, as scores of tweets from the audience captured an afternoon at the ballpark with Puccini. [All photos from @SFOpera Twitter feed]
Posted: 09/26/2011 by San Francisco Opera


Through state-of-the-art technology, San Francisco Opera’s simulcast on September 25 will be transmitted in 1920x1080 high definition (HD) to AT&T Park's 103-feet wide Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision scoreboard—one of the highest quality outdoor scoreboards in the nation—live from the stage of the War Memorial Opera House. [Left: Members of our Media Team before a performance. Photo by Cory Weaver.]

 

Posted: 09/22/2011 by Francis Crossman (Senior Video Editor)


Returning to San Francisco Opera is especially poignant for me. Although I had already sung some roles professionally beginning in 1972, my big debut was here on the stage of the Memorial Opera House on Sept 13, 1974 as the Maestro di Ballo to Leontyne Price's first Manon Lescaut. Back then there were no apprentice programs, Adler Fellows, or Merola. I was fortunate in that I had worked with Otto Guth, Kurt Adler's right-hand man, at Curtis Institute in Philadelphia where I was completing a post graduate opera degree. Through his recommendation I was invited to sing in San Francisco, where Mr. Adler offered me a number of wonderful roles.

Posted: 09/13/2011 by Joseph Frank (Emperor Altoum, Turandot)


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Backstage at San Francisco Opera is a fascinating, fast-moving, mysterious and sacred space for the Company’s singers, musicians, dancers, technicians and production crews. Musical and staging rehearsals are on-going, scenery is loaded in and taken out, lighting cues are set, costumes and wigs are moved around and everything is made ready to receive the audience. From the principal singers, chorus and orchestra musicians to the creative teams for each opera, in addition to the many talented folks who don’t take a bow on stage, this blog offers unique insight, both thought-provoking and light-hearted, into the life backstage at San Francisco Opera.

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