TOSCA – SF Giants and SF Opera Present OPERA AT THE BALLPARK

Register now for June 5th simulcast of Puccini’s Tosca
Canadian Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka Stars As “Floria Tosca”

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Register for tickets now to Webcor Builders Presents Opera at the Ballpark . Only those who have registered at SFOpera.com/simulcast will be allowed early entrance for best seating, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Field seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All others who have not pre-registered will be allowed to enter AT&T Park beginning at 7 p.m. Fans registered for tickets in advance will be automatically entered in a drawing for two Box seats to San Francisco Opera’s fall production of Il Trovatore, with champagne at intermission, as well as dinner for two at the Epic Roasthouse and a one-night stay at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, courtesy of the San Francisco Giants. Click here for more information: SFOpera.com/simulcast

ADRIANNE PIECZONKA, Soprano

ADRIANNE PIECZONKA, Soprano

San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Giants will partner with Webcor Builders to bring grand opera to AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. The opening week of the Company’s Summer season features a free live simulcast of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, starring Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka in the title role, on Friday, June 5, 2009 at 8 p.m. Baseball and opera fans will have a chance to experience this FREE event with seating both on the field and in the stands.

Free live simulcasts are among the first innovations of David Gockley’s tenure as SFO’s general director and part of the Company’s campaign to bring opera into the community and to wider audiences. San Francisco Opera has presented five free live simulcasts: Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at AT&T Park to a crowd of 23,000 on June 20, 2008; Saint-Saëns’s Samson and Delilah, at AT&T Park on September 28, 2007 to an audience of nearly 15,000.

On June 22, 2007, a simulcast of Mozart’s Don Giovanni went out 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 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.

 MARCO ARMILIATO, Conductor  &  JOSE MARIA CONDEMI, Director

MARCO ARMILIATO, Conductor & JOSE MARIA CONDEMI, Director

Through state-of-the-art technology made possible by the Koret-Taube Media Suite, this simulcast will be transmitted in 1920×1080 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 huge screen will create an unmatched operatic experience for attendees sitting in the stands and on the baseball field. Traditional baseball game concessions will be available, providing audiences the rare opportunity to eat hot dogs, peanuts and garlic fries while listening to glorious opera.

CARLO VENTRE (Cavaradossi) and LADO ATANELI (Scarpia)

CARLO VENTRE (Cavaradossi) and LADO ATANELI (Scarpia)

Always an audience favorite, Tosca brings to life a tempestuous world of cruelty and deception through the tale of an idealistic artist, a celebrated singer and a corrupt police chief engaged in a fierce battle of wills. Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka makes her Company debut in the title role opposite Carlo Ventre as Cavaradossi and Lado Ataneli as the evil Scarpia. Italian conductor Marco Armiliato returns to conduct and former Adler Fellow Jose Maria Condemi directs.

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, 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: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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