Release date: 5/8/2014
Building momentum towards San Francisco Opera’s free live simulcast of Verdi’s La Traviata on July 5, 2014, at AT&T Park, opera singer and La Traviata cast member Zanda Švēde and San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford met at the ballpark recently for a promotional photo shoot. The two donned their respective attire—Zanda in her Flora costume and Brandon in his Giants uniform—and posed for cameras on the field and in the Giants’ dugout at AT&T Park. The photos highlight the lasting partnership of two iconic San Francisco institutions—the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco Opera—joining to bring this unique free community event to the Bay Area once again.
San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Giants Partner
to Bring Free Live Simulcast of Verdi's La Traviata to AT&T Park on July 5
Ailyn Pérez, Stephen Costello and Quinn Kelsey Star in
Live Simulcast from the War Memorial Opera House
Ticket Registration for San Francisco Opera at the Ballpark Available at
Pérez and Costello to Sing National Anthem at July 2 Giants Game;
Classical KDFC's "Star Spangled Sing-Off" Contest Looks for Simulcast Anthem Singer
San Francisco Opera’s free live simulcast of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 8 p.m. features husband-and-wife opera stars Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello and baritone Quinn Kelsey and is led by Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi. Baseball and opera fans will have a chance to experience this FREE event with seating both on the field and in the stands. Register now for early entry and to ensure best seating at sfopera.com/simulcast.
Through state-of-the-art technology, the simulcast will be transmitted in 1920x1080 high definition (HD) to AT&T Park’s 103-feet wide Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision scoreboard—one of the highest quality outdoor scoreboards in the nation—live from the stage of the War Memorial Opera House. Concert quality audio combined with AT&T Park’s massive screen creates an unmatched operatic experience for attendees sitting in the stands and on the baseball field itself. San Francisco Opera’s free live simulcasts, part of General Director David Gockley’s mission to bring opera into the community and to wider audiences, to date have drawn nearly than 197,000 people of all ages since 2006. The July 5 La Traviata simulcast marks the twelfth free simulcast presented by San Francisco Opera and the eighth at AT&T Park.
Only registered ticket holders will be allowed early entrance for best seating beginning at 6:30 p.m. Field seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All others who have not pre-registered and do not have pre-printed tickets will be allowed to enter AT&T Park beginning at 7 p.m. Fans registered for tickets will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a night at San Francisco Opera.
AT&T Park concessions will be open for the simulcast, providing audiences the rare opportunity to pair hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn with world-class opera. No lawn chairs will be allowed for field seating, and glass containers, alcohol, and hard-sided coolers are not permitted into the ballpark. For a complete list of AT&T Park rules and restrictions, please visit sfopera.com/simulcast. AT&T Park in San Francisco is easily accessible by public transportation. For directions and public transit information, please visit sfopera.com/simulcast.
Verdi’s most beloved opera, La Traviata, comes to life in an opulent San Francisco Opera production conceived by John Copley, designed by John Conklin and directed by Laurie Feldman. The off-stage husband-and-wife team of soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello portray the ill-fated lovers Violetta Valéry and Alfredo Germont. Of recent performances of La Traviata, The Guardian UK described Ailyn Pérez as an “ideal Violetta” and Opera News wrote: “A strikingly beautiful woman, Pérez is eminently suited to Violetta, not only physically but vocally.” The Daily Express UK noted that Stephen Costello “brought real depth” to the role of Alfredo and remarked that the tenor “has risen rapidly to claim a place among the world’s best tenors and recent performances show that he has the acting abilities to match his wonderfully smooth and powerful voice.” On June 3 the pair will release their debut duo album Love Duets in the United States. The album, just released by Warner Classics in Europe, is already garnering impressive reviews citing “impressive singing throughout” and “palpable real life chemistry (Classical FM).” Hawaiian baritone Quinn Kelsey returns to San Francisco Opera as Alfredo’s father Giorgio Germont. For more information, visit sfopera.com/traviata.
Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello to sing National Anthem at July 2 Giants Game
La Traviata stars Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello will sing the National Anthem prior to the July 2 San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals game at AT&T Park. The game begins at 7:15 p.m. and will be broadcast on television via Comcast SportsNet Bay Area as well as on KNBR 680 AM.
Classical KDFC Star-Spangled Sing-Off
San Francisco Opera and the Bay Area’s Classical KDFC Radio partner again this year to host the “KDFC Star-Spangled Sing-Off,” a public singing competition that accepts video submissions in search of a winner who will sing the national anthem at AT&T Park prior to Opera at the Ballpark on July 5. Interested contestants can submit video auditions through May 26, 2014 to KDFC’s website, where they will be whittled down to the top three by online voters. Finalists will be judged by San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley and Music Director Nicola Luisotti, as well as KDFC President Bill Lueth, and the winner will perform “The Star Spangled Banner” a cappella prior to the simulcast. For more information visit kdfc.com.