Release date: 5/7/2013

San Francisco Opera to Partner with Euroarts Music International for Television and Home Video Distribution of High-Definition San Francisco Opera Productions

San Francisco Opera today confirmed plans to forge a business partnership with EuroArts Music International, one of the world’s leading and most prestigious distributors of classical programming, for international television and home video distribution of high-definition San Francisco Opera productions.
 
Initial plans include the release of six San Francisco Opera productions—recorded live in high definition at the War Memorial Opera House—over two years on DVD and Blu-ray and international television distribution beginning later this year. The partnership also includes the possibility of future co-productions between San Francisco Opera and EuroArts Music International. Further details, including opera titles and release dates, will be announced at a later date. 
 
“Today’s announcement that we have signed a partnership with EuroArts is an important step forward for San Francisco Opera as we continue to expand our global profile and showcase some of the many wonderful live performances from the historic War Memorial Opera House,” said San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley. “EuroArts is recognized as one of the world’s leading distributors of classical arts programming for television and home video, and there was no question that San Francisco Opera should align itself with the best. I’m very proud of this new relationship and anticipate audiences worldwide will be the true beneficiary.”
 
Bernd Hellthaler, CEO and Executive Producer at EuroArts Music International, said: "We are thrilled to be working with the San Francisco Opera. It is a privilege to add these sumptuously produced performances to our portfolio of first-class opera productions. Internationally recognized as one of the top opera companies in the world, San Francisco Opera is the ideal partner to work with us on the TV distribution and release on DVD and Blu-ray disc of these splendid programs.”
 
San Francisco Opera’s media history includes telecasts of classic productions including La Gioconda with Renata Scotto and Luciano Pavarotti; Samson et Dalila with Shirley Verrett and Placido Domingo; and La Bohème with Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti in the late 1970’s and 1980’s.  More recently, televised broadcasts have featured world-premiere operas such as Conrad Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons and André Previn’s  A Streetcar Named Desire. Beginning in 2007, under the leadership of General Director David Gockley, the Company launched a series of major initiatives in the electronic media arena including the Koret-Taube Media Suite, the first permanent high-definition broadcast-standard video production facility installed in an American opera house, and the return of regular San Francisco Opera broadcasts to local, national, and international radio after a break of 25 years via Classical KDFC Radio and the WFMT Radio Network. Gockley also began annual free live simulcasts of San Francisco Opera performances in the Bay Area which to date have drawn nearly 200,000 people, many experiencing opera for the first time. In 2008, the Company launched its digital cinema series of high-definition performances recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House; to date, 16 San Francisco Opera titles have been released as part of the Company’s Grand Opera Cinema Series. Regular San Francisco Opera broadcasts also returned to public television beginning in 2010 through the Company’s partnership with KQED Public Television 9.