The love for opera is healthy and growing in San Francisco. The San Francisco Opera announced that its Opera in the Ballpark, a free live simulcast from the stage of the War Memorial Opera House on June 30, 2017, to the 103-foot wide scoreboard at the home of the San Francisco Giants, was a rocking success as over 23,000 people appeared at the ballpark for a performance of “Don Giovanni.” Overall, the performance was seen by close to 26,000 people.
It was the 11th such event for the company since it started the popular initiative in 2006.
The event was co-hosted at the ballpark by Dianne Nicolini and Hoyt Smith of Classical KDFC Radio and the opera starred Ildebrando as Don Giovanni, Erin Wall as Donna Anna, Ana María Martínez as Donna Elvira, Sarah Shafer as Zerlina, Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Don Ottavio, Erik Anstineas Leporello, Michael Sumuel as Masetto and Andrea Silvestrelli as the Commendatore.
Opera in the Ballpark is supported by Presenting Sponsor Taube Philanthropies and Gold Sponsors Charles Schwab, Chevron, United Airlines and PG&E. San Francisco Opera simulcasts are made possible through the extraordinary technology of the Company’s Koret/Taube Media Suite.