French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay stars in live simulcast from the War Memorial Opera House
By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka
Ticket registration is happening now for OPERA AT THE BALLPARK. San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Giants will bring opera to the ballpark at 8:00 PM on Friday, June 20th, with a live simulcast of Donizetti’s LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR starring international opera sensation Natalie Dessay. Baseball and opera fans will have a chance to experience this FREE event with seating both on the field and in the stands. Fans registering for tickets in advance at SFOPERA.COM/GIANTS will be permitted early entrance to the ballpark to assure best seating and will be automatically entered in a drawing for two Box Seats to San Francisco Opera’s production of LA BOHEME this November, and two Box Seats at AT&T Park for a 2009 San Francisco Giants game.
MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC DIAMOND VISION SCOREBOARD. Photo by Lynn Imanaka
Through state-of-the-art technology, the simulcast will be transmitted in 1920×1080 high definition (HD) via fiber and satellite to AT&T Park’s 103-feet wide MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC DIAMOND VISION – the highest quality outdoor scoreboard in the nation – live from the stage of the War Memorial Opera House. Concert quality audio combined with AT&T Park’s huge screen will create an unmatched operatic experience for attendees sitting in the stands and on the baseball field itself.
NATALIE DESSAY – as Lucia di Lammermoor. Photo, Dan Rest
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-serve 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.
AT&T Park Concessions will be open for the simulcast. No lawn chairs will be allowed for field seating, and no glass containers, alcohol, metal utensils, hard-sided coolers or picnic baskets will be permitted. AT&T Park in San Francisco is easily accessible by public transportation. For directions and public transit information visit SFGIANTS.COM.
GAETANO DONIZETTI, Composer & JEAN-YVES OSSONCE, Conductor
Free live simulcasts are among the first innovations of David Gockley’s new tenure and part of the Company’s campaign to bring opera into the community and to wider audiences. San Francisco Opera has presented four free live simulcasts: Saint-Saëns’s SAMSON AND DELILAH at AT&T Park to a crowd of nearly 15,000 on September 28, 2007; a June 22, 2007 live simulcast of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to capacity crowds at four venues (San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis, and the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa); Verdi’s RIGOLETTO on October 6, 2006 presented to an audience of approximately 14,000 at Civic Center Plaza and Frost Amphitheatre at Stanford University; and the first, a simulcast of Puccini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY on May 27, 2006, drawing 8,000 people to San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza.
GIUSEPPE FILIANOTI, Tenor. Photo, Ettore Poiz
San Francisco Opera presents Gaetano Donizetti’s famed saga of a woman driven mad by her arranged marriage in a striking production by Graham Vick with designs by Paul Brown where elements of nature echo the drama’s tragedy. Making her Company debut in the title role is celebrated French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay, whose vocal agility and dramatic charisma have established her as one of the role’s foremost interpreters. She is joined by tenor Giuseppe Filianoti as Lucia’s true love Edgardo, baritone Gabriele Viviani in his Company debut as Enrico Ashton, bass and Merola alumnus OREN GRADUS as Raimondo, former Adler Fellow tenor MATTHEW O’NEILL (Normanno), and soprano HEIDI MELTON (Alisa) and tenor ANDREW BIDLACK (Arturo), both current Adler Fellows. This production marks the Company debut of French conductor Jean-Yves Ossonce.
ANDREW BIDLACK, HEIDI MELTON, MATTHEW O’NEILL, OREN GRADUS
To register for free tickets at AT&T Ballpark: OPERA AT THE BALLPARK
To order tickets on-line for: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
Tuesday, June 17, at 8:00 pm
Friday, June 20, at 8:00 pm
Monday, June 23, at 7:30 pm
Thursday, June 26, at 6:00 pm
Sunday, June 29, at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, July 2, 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 5, 8:00 pm
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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.