Friday Night, September 28th – Live simulcast from the War Memorial Opera House
By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA’S commitment to bring opera into the community starts with a homerun this Friday, September 28th at 8:00 PM when San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Giants partner to bring opera to the AT&T Park with a free live simulcast of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic, SAMSON AND DELILAH.
SAMSON and DELILAH at AT&T Park with SEAN MARTINFIELD
Through state-of-the-art technology, the simulcast will be transmitted in 1920×1080 HD via fiber and satellite to AT&T Park’s 103ft wide Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision video scoreboard – the highest quality outdoor scoreboard in the nation – live from the stage of the War Memorial Opera House. At the War Memorial, an eleven-camera shoot will be directed by Frank Zamacona, director of the Company’s previous simulcasts of DON GIOVANNI and RIGOLETTO, using the Company’s new Koret-Taube Media Suite. The suite utilizes Sony cameras and Cambotics robotics, operated by four robotic camera operators using remote-control technology. At AT&T Park, a series of Meyer speaker arrays will transmit concert-quality Dolby 5.1 surround sound to the ballpark audience. With the huge screen, this will create an unmatched operatic experience for the 20,000 fans sitting in the stands and on the baseball field.
THE BACCHANALE – Samson and Delilah
Free live simulcasts are among the first innovations of San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley’s new tenure, and part of the Company’s campaign to bring opera into the community and to wider audiences. Since May of 2006, Gockley has presented three separate simulcasts in a total of seven Northern California locations reaching a combined audience of more than 30,000 people.
SAMSON and DELILAH on the SF GIANTS Scoreboard
“The Giants are proud of AT&T Park and the unique experiences we can offer to our fans year round,” said Larry Baer, Giants Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are excited to bring a new twist to the traditional ‘opera in the park,’ that only we can, with one of the most technologically advanced ballparks in the country and a high-definition scoreboard rivaled by no others.”
OLGA BORODINA (Dalilah) and CLIFTON FORBIS (Samson) – Illustration by Paul Gustave Doré
“As someone with a lifelong love of baseball and a passion for opera,” said David Gockley, “I am so grateful to Larry Baer and to the Giants organization for this partnership. Working together, these two San Francisco institutions are able to offer the chance of a lifetime for the entire Bay Area – glorious opera in the world’s most beautiful ballpark. I’ll see you there!”
Seán Martinfield and Dalilah – A Trip to the de Young Museum
San Francisco Opera’s production of Camille Saint-Saëns’s SAMSON AND DELILAH stars Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina and tenor Clifton Forbis in the epic story of the Old Testament hero who loses his heart, his hair, and finally his strength. They are joined by Finnish bass-baritone Juha Uusitalo (the High Priest) and Merola Opera Program alumnus Oren Gradus (an old Hebrew). Patrick Summers conducts San Francisco Opera’s lavish production by Nicolas Joël; Sandra Bernhard directs. The ballpark will open for seating beginning at 6:30 p.m. The pre-show begins at 7:30 p.m., the opera begins at 8:00 PM, and Samson’s grand destruction of the Temple of Dagon at approximately 10:45 PM.
For more information, visit sfopera.com
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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.
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