Release date: 9/6/2012

San Francisco Opera Celebrates Opening of 90th Season with San Francisco Chronicle Presents Opera in the Park Concert

Sunday, September 9, Golden Gate Park

Free outdoor concert features artists from San Francisco Opera's Fall Season with Music Director Nicola Luisotti and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra

TV News Crews and Photographers Invited to Shoot

Photos Available
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 6, 2012)––San Francisco Opera’s 2012–13 Season-opening weekend culminates with the 39th San Francisco Chronicle Presents Opera in the Park free concert in Golden Gate Park’s Sharon Meadow on Sunday, September 9 at 1:30 p.m.  This year’s concert celebrates San Francisco Opera’s 90th Season and features an array of acclaimed artists from the Company’s Fall roster performing favorite arias by Bellini, Puccini, Rossini, Verdi and more accompanied by the San Francisco Opera Orchestra led by Music Director Nicola Luisotti.
 
Featured artists include Aleksandra Kurzak, Albina Shagimuratova, Kendall Gladen, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, Francesco Demuro, Andrea Silvestrelli and Željko Lučić from the cast of Verdi’s Rigoletto; Nicole Cabell, Saimir Pirgu and Eric Owens from the cast of Bellini’s The Capulets and the Montagues; Brian Jagde from the cast of Puccini’s Tosca; and current Adler Fellows Marina Harris, Nadine Sierra, Laura Krumm and Joo Won Kang.  David Gockley, General Director of San Francisco Opera, will serve as master of ceremonies and KDFC radio’s Dianne Nicolini will host. 
 
Established by former San Francisco Opera General Director Kurt Herbert Adler in 1971, the annual Opera in the Park concert is a beloved Bay Area tradition drawing thousands of music lovers each year, many of whom enjoy the occasion with elaborate picnics on the lawn.  In the event’s time-honored finale, the audience joins with the singers in a rousing rendition of the drinking song (“Libiamo ne’ lieti calici”) from Verdi’s La Traviata.
 
This event is free; no tickets are required.  Bring a picnic and enjoy this outdoor concert; food and beverages will also be available for sale at the event.  For further information on San Francisco Chronicle Presents Opera in the Park or San Francisco Opera’s 2012–13 Season, call (415) 864-3330 or visit sfopera.com.
 
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE PRESENTS OPERA IN THE PARK  –  Free Concert
 
Sunday, September 9, 2012, 1:30pm (concert ends at approximately 3:30pm)                 
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park
 
Artists appearing to date include –
Sopranos:  Nicole Cabell, Marina Harris, Aleksandra Kurzak, Albina Shagimuratova, Nadine Sierra
Mezzo-sopranos:  Kendall Gladen, Laura Krumm
Tenors:  Arturo Chacón-Cruz, Francesco Demuro, Brian Jagde, Saimir Pirgu
Baritones:  Joo Won Kang, Željko Lučić
Basses:  Andrea Silvestrelli, Eric Owens
                                                 
Nicola Luisotti, Music Director of San Francisco Opera, conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Kay Stern, Concertmaster
                                                                                                          
A cherished tradition of San Francisco Opera’s opening week, the annual Opera in the Park concert features favorite opera arias and operatic excerpts performed by acclaimed artists appearing in San Francisco Opera's Fall 2012 Season, accompanied by the San Francisco Opera Orchestra conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti.  The concert draws thousands of music lovers each year, many of whom enjoy the occasion with elaborate picnics on the lawn.  Food and beverages will also be available for sale at the event.  This concert is free and open to the public, no tickets are required.  For more information visit sfopera.com/park
 
 
TV NEWS CREWS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE INVITED TO SHOOT:
CONTACT DAY OF THE EVENT –
Robin Freeman/ San Francisco Opera Communications:  (917) 744-0752
 
Please note:  Local news crews may film up to 30 minutes of the concert performance.  No more than 3 minutes of the concert performance may be broadcast or posted on a news media website; and no song or orchestral work may be broadcast or posted in its entirety.