Release date: 9/27/2010
San Francisco Opera at the Ballpark Community Sheet
On Friday, September 24, an unprecedented crowd of 32,000 people flocked to San Francisco Opera’s fifth live simulcast at AT&T Park for a unique free evening of world-class music, warm fall weather, and familiar ballpark concessions. For the first time since the 2007 debut of Opera at the Ballpark, the stadium’s upper deck was opened to accommodate the record-breaking audience. This annual event, presented in partnership with the San Francisco Giants and Webcor Builders, has become one of San Francisco’s most-loved traditions.
An unparalleled evening of free entertainment, this summer’s Webcor Presents Opera at the Ballpark featured a simulcast of Verdi’s Aida broadcast live in HD from the stage of the War Memorial Opera House three miles away, where a house of nearly 3,000 guests were simultaneously experiencing the performance. Music Director Nicola Luisotti led the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this grandest of grand operas featuring an international cast of stars, including Micaela Carosi, Dolora Zajick, Marcello Giordani and Marco Vratogna.
Relaxing both on the outfield and in the stands under a full moon while enjoying garlic fries, hot dogs and beer, opera fans and baseball fans alike enjoyed an unmatched musical experience set in one of the nation’s most beautiful ballparks. This performance of Webcor Presents Opera at the Ballpark marked the fifth free simulcast in AT&T Park and the eighth free simulcast under the leadership of San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley.