Release date: 6/18/2015
Opera at the Ballpark Figaro booster.pdf
San Francisco Opera partners with the San Francisco Giants and presenting sponsor Taube Philanthropies for Opera at the Ballpark—a free live simulcast of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro—on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Baseball and opera fans alike will have a chance to experience Mozart’s sparkling comedy in the beautiful, under-the-stars setting of San Francisco’s AT&T Park with seating both on the field and in the stands. Register now for early entry to ensure best seating at sfopera.com/simulcast.
Based on Pierre-Augustin Beaumarchais’ revolutionary play and with a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart’s poignant masterpiece tells the story of a countess and her servant joining forces to punish her aristocrat husband for his philandering. In the process, two very different couples learn humbling lessons about life and love. San Francisco Opera’s production is headlined by bass-baritone Philippe Sly in the title role and soprano Lisette Oropesa as Figaro’s fiancée, Susanna. The dynamic, young cast of singers also includes soprano Nadine Sierra as Countess Almaviva, bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni as Count Almaviva and mezzo-soprano Angela Brower as the page Cherubino. Company Principal Guest Conductor and Houston Grand Opera Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers will be on the podium for this San Francisco Opera revival, directed by Robin Guarino in her Company debut.
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 225,000 people of all ages since 2006. The July 3 Marriage of Figaro simulcast marks the 13th free simulcast presented by San Francisco Opera and the ninth at AT&T Park.
et changeovers during the second intermission. The War Memorial Opera House curtain will remain up throughout the break to reveal the behind-the-scenes magic of breaking down and resetting the opera sets. Other events surrounding the simulcast include the winner of the “KDFC Star-Spangled Sing-Off” singing the National Anthem. Tammy Nelson from Beach Blanket Babylon—“the world's longest-running musical revue”—will also return to perform.
Only registered ticket holders will be allowed early entrance for best seating beginning at 6 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 6:30 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 garlic fries 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.
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA AT THE BALLPARK
Free Live Simulcast of The Marriage of Figaro at AT&T Park
Friday, July 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107
San Francisco Opera partners with the San Francisco Giants and Taube Philanthropies to present a free live opera simulcast on Friday, July 3 at AT&T Park. The evening’s performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro features bass-baritone Philippe Sly, soprano Lisette Oropesa, soprano Nadine Sierra, bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni and mezzo-soprano Angela Brower. This event is free and open to the public; advance online registration ensures early entrance into the ballpark for preferred seating and entry into a special prize drawing. To register and for further information, visit sfopera.com/simulcast.
For the complete press release, please view the attached PDF.