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Simon Boccanegra (Italian opera with subtitles)

What happens when you cross a foreign film with the opera? You get OperaVision, an innovative way to give balcony audiences a better view of the opera stage. OperaVision screens, hung from the ceiling of the balcony section, provide close-up and mid-range ensemble shots in high-definition video with subtitles.

We are seeing Simon Boccanegra, by Guiseppe Verdi, the first of SF Opera's new season (watch clips from opening night). I've arranged for the SF Opera to give us a hosted wine reception on the gorgeous Loggia before the show from 6pm to 7:05. The performance is at 7:30, with one intermission.

The relationship between a father and daughter, a recurring theme in so many of Verdi's operas, is the emotional centerpiece of this highly regarded but infrequently performed work. Dmitri Hvorostovsky expertly embodies the title role, a noble Italian politician who is forced to deal with treachery and rebellion. The Houston Chronicle praised the Russian baritone's "gut-grabbing vocal heft," adding, "his stage presence was magnetic." He will be joined by Italian soprano Barbara Frittoli, lauded for her "impassioned lyricism" by The New York Times. Donald Runnicles conducts this grand, expansive, yet remarkably subtle score.

Tickets: (We got tickets in the Balcony (for OperaVision), but feel free to sit in a different section)
Balcony Rear is sold out
$55 Balcony Front
$80 Balcony Circle
$25 Student (Any section)
$10 Standing room

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    For my first opera; this was amazing. Salud to Igor on putting on a great event; loved the vino on the terrace!

    September 18, 2008

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    I've attended many operas at SFO but never before had I experienced an opera paired up with a close-up screening. I've always preferred an intimate experience with performance art and it's been difficult for me to react emotionally to operas at SFO due to the sheer physical distance between artist and audience. Last night, I was overcome with emotion and flooded with tears as I witnessed the beauty of raw grief embodied in the artists' faces unfolding before my eyes on the screen. This thoroughly intimate and moving experience was what I've always longed for in such a large venue.

    September 18, 2008

  • Wnlin L.

    It was my first time seeing a real opera. I really enjoyed it. Besides the superb performance and music, I also love the stage setting, the architectural details, and forced perspective. The lighting is almost painterly, reminiscence of some dutch paintings. It's great to get a bird eye view from the balcony and see the eye level view on the screening. In all, I love the experience tonight! Thanks for organizing!

    September 17, 2008

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    Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi. Boy meets girl. Her dad rejects her love. A baby is born. Same baby is lost. 25 years pass. Boy becomes powerful and feared man. His lost child grows into a beautiful woman. Not knowing that she is his grandauther, grandad takes her into his protection. Fiesco, the grandfather, together with his protégée's love (Gabriel) actively look forward destroying the evil man, Simon. A photograph reveals the true relationship between Simon and his archienemy's protégée, Amelia. Simon's love for Amelia makes him to show clemency for his enemies and he pardons their treason. But Simon cannot prevent the treason of his closest ally Paolo and died because of that. Why Paolo's treason? Just because he wanted Amelia. Plot is simple, isn't it? Lust for power or for love is the same almost always. So the secret is not what happens. The succes or failure in telling the story is in how it happens. Here lies the unforgetable.

    September 17, 2008

  • Michele B.

    It is a beautiful opera, but I was able to see a Full Dress Rehearsal, so I will pass. Have fun, all!

    September 16, 2008

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