Backstage at San Francisco Opera > September 2011 > 3 Acts, 140 Characters and Fries with That
3 Acts, 140 Characters and Fries with That
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]

Waiting for the Show to Begin
Well, off to bed. Tomorrow is SFOpera at AT&T ballpark. Hotdogs & Turandot. What's not to like?
Waiting for admission to SF Opera "Turandot" simulcast at AT&T Park. No rainouts. Opera fans tough.
Hometown Pride
@ATTpark @sfopera no rain good seats good friends Turandot in 15m 
Watching free opera simulcast at AT&T park in SF. It's kind of mobbed. Awesome!
Folsom Street Fair + @SFOpera at the Ballpark + Raiders game = really interesting BART ride.
The Wabbit Wocked
This year a special animated guest with long ears and penchant for carrots entertained before the performance and at intermission.
Waiting for bike repaired @SFOpera 
simulcast in ATTpark watching bugs bunny cartoon on large screen and cheering.. surreal
Aww Bugs Bunny, you still got it #MarriageofFigaro SF Opera ATT Park #Turandot intermission
Family Friendly Offstage
@sfopera did an excellent job in getting kids excited about Turandot  with sing a long, face painting, lantern making.
Lounging on green lawn with kids - best way to enjoy the opera. 5 year old loved it. Baby napped. Thank you for an awesome Sunday
…and Onstage
There are 27 on-stage children and 13 offstage children in Turandot...thanks to SF Boy's Chorus and SF Girl's Chorus 
Refreshments Appreciated
Puccini – Opera at AT&T Park in SF. With a ballpark beer to boot. Ain’t culture      great!
Plot Thickens, Play by Play
#AT&T BallPark #SFOpera Turandot Front Curtain Malfunction - handled joyously and beautifully by all involved
Something fantastic about a "low tech" problem raising the curtain amidst the high tech of a live simulcast #sfopera
Three p's singing about love, courage and beheadings in ancient china  
Why you gotta be so cynical Turandot. Geeez! I have hope! 
Dawn is around the corner! Will he live? Or will he die? #turandot
Timur's curse in act 3 after Liu kills herself is totally intense #turandot
Liu’s Spoiler Alert!
Soprano Leah Crocetto gave the tweeters advance warning:
@LeahCrocetto: Here I go...getting ready to off myself!  @SFOpera
Giants Pride
Cast of #turandot taking their bows in @sfgiants gear! What good sports.
To all who thanked us,
Compliments to simulcast director/camerafolk for #Turandot Great angles and auteur-like use of AT&T park's wide screen
Great time at the Park--Ping to Pang to Pong...double play!!! thanks
Thanks #SFOpera and #SFGiants! Beautiful performance of #Turandot - nothing like watching it from the infield.
Thank you all for coming (and for tweeting!) and we’ll see you next time!
Posted: 9/26/2011 3:36:14 PM by San Francisco Opera
Filed under: simulcast, Turandot


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