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San Francisco Opera to Simulcast Samson et Dalila Performance to Giants' AT&T Park
May 22, 2007

San Francisco Opera has announced that it plans to present a free, live simulcast of Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila on September 28, to San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park via the venu's 3,200-square-foot high-definition scoreboard-screen.

The screen, the highest quality outdoor scoreboard in the nation, will broadcast the performance featuring Russian mezzo Olga Borodina and tenor Clifton Forbis in the opera's title roles; joining them are Finnish bass-baritone Juha Uusitalo and Merola Opera Program alum Oren Gradus. Patrick Summers will conduct the company's Nicolas Joël production, directed for the stage by Sandra Bernhard.

Announced by San Francisco Opera general director David Gockley and San Francisco Giants executive vice president and chief operating officer Larry Baer during a home plate ceremony preceding Monday night's game, the simulcast will feature both field and grandstand seating. Tickets will be required for entrance into the stadium.

"As someone with a lifelong love of baseball and a passion for opera," said Gockley, in a press release issued by the company, "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!"

Gockley, who has now served as the company's general director for slightly more than one year, has made free, live simulcasts of the Opera's offerings a touchstone of his nascent tenure, having already presented simulcasts last summer of Madama Butterfly and Rigoletto to audiences in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza and Stanford University's Frost Amphitheatre. Likewise, the company recently announced plans for a June 22 simulcast of its production of Don Giovanni to three venues: Cal Performances at U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Davis' Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa.

More information can be found at San Francisco Opera.

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