Topic: Orchestra Simulcast i to SF ball park draws 23,000

Opera simulcast draws 23,000 to San Francisco ballpark

An un-bylined report in Monday’s (6/23) San Francisco Chronicle states, “San Francisco Opera’s free Friday night simulcast of Gaetano Donizetti’s tragic warhorse ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ drew about 23,000 people to AT&T Park, according to Opera estimates. It was the second time the company simulcast a production from the War Memorial Opera House (Camille Saint-Saëns’ ‘Samson and Delilah’ was the first, in September). At Friday night’s event, the crowd at the San Francisco Giants’ ballpark not only saw French soprano Natalie Dessay make her Opera debut in the title role, but also watched as Clifford ‘Kip’ Cranna, the director of musical administration, received the San Francisco Opera Medal from General Director David Gockley. The medal is the company’s highest honor, and Cranna is its 35th recipient. At the end of the night, the cast of ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ bid adieu wearing Giants baseball caps, T-shirts and the team’s signature orange foam fingers.”

Thanks to Cary Ebli and Bennie Cottone for sending this one to me.

Last edited by delmar (2008-06-25 18:05:14)