Release date: 4/19/2012

San Francisco Opera's Grand Opera Cinema Series in HD at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas continues on May 15 and 19 with Puccini's Il Trittico starring Patricia Racette 

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SAN FRANCISCO (Thursday, April 19, 2012)—San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Series at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco continues on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m. with HD screenings of the Company’s acclaimed production of Giacomo Puccini’s Il Trittico.   
 
Puccini’s trio of one-act operas runs the gamut from heart-wrenching tragedy to sparkling comedy. Il Trittico stars soprano Patricia Racette, in her role debut as the heroine in each of these three one-act operas—Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. The production also stars baritone Paolo Gavanelli as the cuckolded bargeman in Il Tabarro and in the title role of Gianni Schicchi. Tenor Brandon Jovanovich appears as Luigi, the lover in Il Tabarro, and contralto Ewa Podleś is the cold-hearted Princess in Suor Angelica.
 
The three one-act operas of Il Trittico are rarely performed together, and not since 1952 had San Francisco Opera audiences had the opportunity to experience it the way its creator intended—in its entirety. Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers leads these performances, and James Robinson directs this inventively updated production from New York City Opera.
 
Recorded live in high definition at the War Memorial Opera House in 2009, the screenings include English subtitles. Prior to the May 19 screening, San Francisco Opera’s Education department will present a free, informative 25-minute pre-screening lecture by Professor Alexandra Amati-Camperi, Director of the Music Program at University of San Francisco.
 
Tickets for San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Series at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas are priced at $11.50 for adults and $10 for seniors for the Tuesday evening screenings, and $9.50 for adults and seniors and $9 for children (under 13) for the Saturday morning screenings. Tuesday evening screenings are available only for patrons age 21 and over; light food, snacks and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at the Sundance bistro and bar and may be brought into the theater. Tickets are available via sundancecinemas.com and at the Sundance Kabuki Box Office. For more information about Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, visit sundancecinemas.com or call (415) 346-3243‎. 
 
For more information about San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Series, including additional theaters screening the series and further information and video clips of, visit sfopera.com/cinemaseries.
 
San Francisco Opera launched its digital cinema series in Spring 2008 with its presentation of La Rondine, Samson and Delilah, Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly to movie theaters across the country. In Fall 2010, La Bohème, Tosca, Lucia di Lammermoor and The Elixir of Love were added to the series. These operas are available to theaters and performing arts venues as part of the Company’s Grand Opera Cinema Series, which focuses on distributing San Francisco Opera cinema presentations to arts centers, independent film theaters, universities, and other venues in the western region of the country.