Backstage at San Francisco Opera > July 2014 > Ballpark Tweeters Take on La Traviata
Ballpark Tweeters Take on La Traviata
On July 5, 26,000 opera fans gathered at AT&T Park to watch our eighth live simulcast: La Traviata. While tweeting during performances is discouraged in the Opera House, at the Ballpark, anything goes. 

The performance kicked off at the Ballpark with the National Anthem, sung by KDFC Star Spangled Sing Off contest winner, Erik Chalfant as Vanessa Bousay:

Selfies, comments, compliments and food critiques (this IS San Francisco, after all) flooded the Twittersphere via the chosen hashtag, #loveormoney. Here are just a few:

Ballpark attendees were encouraged by the evening’s stars, husband-and-wife team Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello, to tweet the name of their favorite love duet to @SFOpera for a chance to win tickets and a signed copy of their new Love Duets CD. Dozens of tweets resulted; entries ran the musical gamut, with pop and Broadway in the lead. Here are just a few:
  • Sonny and Cher "I got you babe"! #loveduets
  • One of the best love duets of all time? Elton John and Kiki Dee (or RuPaul) and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart!" #loveduets2
  • #LoveDuets  Mary J Blige w\Jojo, "I Don't Wanna do Anything
  •  #LoveDuets phantom of the opera
  • @SFOpera My favorite love duet is Mozart's La chi darem la Mano from Don Giovanni. 
  • I know what you want by Busta Rhymes and Mariah #loveduets
  • #loveduets  "Lovelight" - Janis Joplin and Pigpen. July 16, 1970.#gratefuldead
By 10pm the #loveormoney hashtag was trending #5 on Twitter in San Francisco!

Thanks to all who joined us at the ballpark and in the Opera House.  Until next time, please connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Posted: 7/25/2014 2:27:09 PM by San Francisco Opera
Filed under: simulcast, singer, Socialmedia, StephenCostello, Traviata, Verdi


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