Release date: 2/7/2012

San Francisco Opera's Grand Opera Cinema Series in HD at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas continues on February 28 and March 3 with Verdi's Otello

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SAN FRANCISCO (Tuesday, February 7, 2012)—San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Series at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco continues on Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m. with HD screenings of the Company’s acclaimed production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello.   
 
In Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, a great warrior encounters the one enemy against which he has no defense—his own jealousy. Considered by many to be one of Verdi’s greatest operas, Otello is conducted by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti. Tenor Johan Botha, one of today’s preeminent interpreters of the role, stars as the flawed warrior Otello. Soprano Zvetelina Vassileva sings the role of Otello’s faithful and falsely accused wife Desdemona, and Italian baritone Marco Vratogna is the manipulative soldier Iago. Rounding out the cast is tenor Beau Gibson (Cassio), mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum (Emilia), and bass Eric Halfvarson (Lodovico). The Lyric Opera of Chicago production, conceived by Sir Peter Hall, is directed by Stephen Barlow.
 
Recorded live in high definition at the War Memorial Opera House, the screenings include English subtitles and one brief intermission featuring behind the scenes interviews. Prior to the March 3 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.
 
San Francisco Opera Grand Opera Cinema Series at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas continues on March 27 and 31 with Salome, and on May 15 and 19 with Il Trittico.
 
Tickets for San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Series at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas are priced at $11 for adults and $8.75 for seniors for the Tuesday evening screenings, and $8.75 for adults and seniors and $8 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 The Magic Flute, Otello, Salome and Il Trittico, 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.
 
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San Francisco Opera’s simulcasts and cinemacasts are made possible through the technology of the Company’s Koret-Taube Media Suite, the first permanent HD broadcast-standard video production facility installed in an American opera house. A grant from the Koret Foundation provided lead funding for the Koret-Taube Media Suite, with additional support provided by Tad and Dianne Taube. An anonymous donor committed the remaining required funding.

 
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA’S GRAND OPERA CINEMA SERIES AT
SUNDANCE KABUKI CINEMAS (1881 Post Street in San Francisco)
 
 
TICKETS AND INFORMATION
 
Tickets for San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Series at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas are priced at $11 for adults and $8.75 for seniors for the Tuesday evening screenings; and $8.75 for adults and seniors and $8 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. 
 
San Francisco Opera’s Otello in HD                                        
 
Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m.                                          Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m.                                             1881 Post Street, San Francisco
 
Prior to the March 3 screening there will be a free, informative 25-minute pre-screening lecture at 10:00 a.m., doors open at 9:30 a.m.
 
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Running time: 2 hours and 34 minutes with a 20-minute intermission
Rating: General Audiences
 
In Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, a great warrior encounters the one enemy against which he has no defense—his own jealousy. Considered by many to be one of Verdi’s greatest operas, Otello is conducted by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti. Tenor Johan Botha, one of today’s preeminent interpreters of the role stars as the flawed warrior Otello. Soprano Zvetelina Vassileva sings the role of Otello’s faithful and falsely accused wife Desdemona, and Italian baritone Marco Vratogna is the manipulative soldier Iago.  Rounding out the cast is tenor Beau Gibson (Cassio), mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum (Emilia), bass Eric Halfvarson (Lodovico). The Lyric Opera of Chicago production, conceived by Sir Peter Hall, is directed by Stephen Barlow. Recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House in Fall 2009.