SAN FRANCISCO OPERA – Free Concert at Stern Grove, August 21st

Mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick joins current members of the Adler Fellows

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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

San Francisco Opera returns to the beautiful outdoor setting of Sigmund Stern Grove on Sunday, August 21st at 2:00 pm for a concert of popular opera arias. Located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco,  the annual admission-free concert is one of San Francisco Opera’s most popular community engagements, attracting thousands of Bay Area opera lovers.

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DOLORA ZAJICK

Legendary mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, who most recently appeared with the Company as “Amneris” in 2010’s AÏDA, appears with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in a musical program of arias by Giuseppe Verdi, Vincenzo Bellini, Pietro Mascagni and Francesco Cilea. A former member of the San Francisco Opera Center Adler Fellowship Program, Zajick will be joined by current Adler Fellows Leah Crocetto, Sara Gartland, Susannah Biller, Nadine Sierra, Maya Lahyani, Brian Jadge, Ao Li and Ryan Kuster singing selections by Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Puccini, Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Léo Delibes, and more. At noon, a pre-concert lecture will take place in the Trocadero Clubhouse at Stern Grove.

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DOLORA ZAJICK – as “Amneris”, daughter of Pharaoh
Photo, Cory Weaver

SF Opera Assistant Music Director Giuseppe Finzi leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in a program that will include selections from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale; Verdi’s Macbeth, Il Trovatore and Rigoletto; Bellini’s I Puritani and Norma; Puccini’s Tosca; Delibes’s Lakmé; Charpentier’s Louise; Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana; and Nieto and Giménez’s El Barbero de Sevilla.

ADMISSION AND ACCESS TO STERN GROVE FESTIVAL
All Stern Grove Festival concerts begin at 2:00 pm at Sigmund Stern Grove, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard.  All Stern Grove Festival events are ADMISSION-FREE; no tickets are required.
 
Stern Grove Festival is accessible by MUNI bus and metro lines and concert-goers are encouraged to use public transportation. Due to construction at St. Francis Circle, MUNI Metro service beyond West Portal Station will be impacted. Patrons can take lines K, L or S to West Portal Station, transfer to an M Ocean View Bus or K Ingleside Bus, and exit at the first stop at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. Patrons are advised to allow for extra travel time.

ADMISSION AND ACCESS TO STERN GROVE FESTIVAL
All Stern Grove Festival concerts begin at 2:00 p.m. at Sigmund Stern Grove, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard.  All Stern Grove Festival events are ADMISSION-FREE; no tickets are required.
 
Stern Grove Festival is accessible by MUNI bus and metro lines and concert-goers are encouraged to use public transportation. Due to construction at St. Francis Circle, MUNI Metro service beyond West Portal Station will be impacted. Patrons can take lines K, L or S to West Portal Station, transfer to an M Ocean View Bus or K Ingleside Bus, and exit at the first stop at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. Patrons are advised to allow for extra travel time.
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SFOpera Assistant Music Director Giuseppe Finzi
Photo, Terrence McCarthy

Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early for the best lawn seating and may bring picnics, low beach chairs, and ground covers. Tall chairs, beach umbrellas, and pets are prohibited in Stern Grove during concerts.  Blankets and groundcovers are restricted in size to 8×10 feet due to space limitations. Unoccupied blankets are subject to removal. Designated benches are reserved for seniors over the age of 65 and disabled persons with one guest until 30 minutes prior to concert time.  To ensure the safety and comfort of patrons at each performance, the concert meadow will be closed to further entry if capacity is reached. Patrons are not guaranteed seating in the meadow.

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San Francisco Opera at Stern Grove.
Photo, Scott Wall

Free shuttle service within the Grove is provided to seniors and disabled patrons and a drop-off area is located at the entrance to the park at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. A limited number of handicapped parking spaces are available at the 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard entrance to the park.
 
Picnics are welcome and food and drinks are available from the Grove Café. Festival merchandise and artist CDs are for sale at the Festival Shop. Sigmund Stern Grove is a 33-acre recreation area with meadows, picnic facilities, hiking trails, and a lake. The audience is advised to come prepared for both sun and fog.

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