Release date: 8/14/2012

San Francisco Opera returns for the 75th anniversary of The Stern Grove Festival on Sunday, August 19 at 2 p.m.

TV crews and photographers are invited to shoot this event

SAN FRANCISCO, August 14, 2012—San Francisco Opera invites television crews and photographers to film and photograph San Francisco Opera at the Stern Grove Festival. Soprano Leah Crocetto and tenor Michael Fabiano join the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in a concert performing opera standards from Puccini, Mozart, Verdi and more. Ms. Crocetto and Mr. Fabiano will be joined by current Adler Fellows Nadine Sierra, Renée Rapier, Laura Krumm, Joo Won Kang and Ryan Kuster.  This annual admission-free concert is one of San Francisco Opera’s most popular community events, attracting thousands of Bay Area opera lovers. This season marks the 75th anniversary of the much loved summer music festival.
 
San Francisco Opera Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in a program that includes selections from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni; Rossini’s Maometto II; Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor; Massenet’s  Romeo and Juliette and Manon; and Puccini’s Le Villi and Madama Butterfly, among other selections.
 
ADMISSION AND ACCESS TO STERN GROVE FESTIVAL
All Stern Grove Festival concerts begin at 2:00 p.m. at Sigmund Stern Grove, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard.  All Stern Grove Festival events are ADMISSION-FREE; no tickets are required.
Stern Grove Festival is accessible by MUNI bus and metro lines and concert-goers are encouraged to use public transportation. Due to construction at St. Francis Circle, MUNI Metro service beyond West Portal Station will be impacted. Patrons can take lines K, L or S to West Portal Station, transfer to an M Ocean View Bus or K Ingleside Bus, and exit at the first stop at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. Patrons are advised to allow for extra travel time. Visit sterngrove.org for updates.

Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early for the best lawn seating and may bring picnics, low beach chairs, and ground covers. Tall chairs, beach umbrellas, and pets are prohibited in Stern Grove during concerts.  Blankets and groundcovers are restricted in size to 8x10 feet due to space limitations. Unoccupied blankets are subject to removal. Designated benches are reserved for seniors over the age of 65 and disabled persons with one guest until 30 minutes prior to concert time.  To ensure the safety and comfort of patrons at each performance, the concert meadow will be closed to further entry if capacity is reached.  Patrons are not guaranteed seating in the meadow.
 
Free shuttle service within the Grove is provided to seniors and disabled patrons and a drop-off area is located at the entrance to the park at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. A limited number of handicapped parking spaces are available at the 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard entrance to the park.

Picnics are welcome and food and drinks are available from the Grove Café. Festival merchandise and artist CDs are for sale at the Festival Shop. Sigmund Stern Grove is a 33-acre recreation area with meadows, picnic facilities, hiking trails, and a lake. The audience is advised to come prepared for both sun and fog.            
For additional information visit the Stern Grove Festival website at sterngrove.org or call
(415) 252-6252.
 
                                    SAN FRANCISCO OPERA AT THE STERN GROVE FESTIVAL
Featuring Leah Crocetto, Michael Fabiano and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Giuseppe Finzi with Nadine Sierra, Renée Rapier, Laura Krumm, Joo Won Kang and Ryan Kuster
 
WHEN:                                   Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 2 p.m.
           
WHERE:                                 Sigmund Stern Grove, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco
             
DAY OF CONTACT:                Robin Freeman (917) 744-0752 / rfreeman@sfopera.com