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)


Are you getting anxious for this year’s Opera at the Ballpark? We presented our first free simulcast at AT&T Park in 2007, and in the years since it has easily become one of the most beloved Bay Area traditions. Last year’s simulcast of Aida attracted an unprecedented crowd of 32,000 people—and that doesn’t count the nearly 3,000 more who were watching back at the Opera House!

 

 

Posted: 09/20/2011 by San Francisco Opera


We are thrilled to be kicking off our official Backstage at San Francisco blog. This first blog post comes from Christopher Theofanidis—the composer of Heart of a Soldier, our world premiere commission based on the book of the same name by James B. Stewart. Heart of a Soldier will have its premiere on September 10, 2011—the eve of the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. While the opera may be new to all of us, there are many who have been working on it for years now. Read on to gain insight into some of the musical challenges Christopher worked through early in his composing process.

Posted: 08/15/2011 by Christopher Theofanidis (Composer, Heart of a Soldier)


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Introduction

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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