Take Me Out to the Ballpark (for Don Giovanni)

Take Me Out to the Ballpark (for Don Giovanni)

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here’s the invitation you’ve been waiting for. San Francisco Opera says:

You’re cordially invited to join us for our free AT&T Park Simulcast of Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI on Friday evening, June 30th at 7:30pm.

Be part of this spectacular San Francisco tradition and sit in our Friends and Family sections on the Club Level, with a prime view of the 103-foot high-definition screen.

The performance will be simulcast live from the stage of the War Memorial Opera House to a crowd of thousands at the ballpark. Mark Minkowski will conduct a wonderful cast including Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Erin Wall, Ana Maria Martinez, Sarah Shafer, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Erik Anstine, Michael Sumuel and Andrea Silvestrelli.  Italian director Jacopo Spirei and production/scenic adaptation designer Tommi Brem will make their SFO debuts with a visually daring reboot of our 2011 production.

Please sign up online for access to our reserved Friends and Family seating section on the Club Level.

  • Go to: http://sfopera.com/simulcast
  • Select the number of attendees (up to 4).
  • Enter offer code FAF17.
  • Click the “Register” button and log in or create an account to sign up.
  • Print out the barcoded confirmation page – that page will be your entry pass.

When you come to the park, remember to bring the confirmation page with you:

  • Please arrive early for best seating; doors open at 5pm.
  • Enter the ballpark through the 2nd and KING Entrance.
  • NEW THIS YEAR! Giants staff will take your confirmation at the gate and give you an orange wristband to show for entry to the CLUB LEVEL.
  • Friends & Family seats will be held until 6pm, at which time they will be released for public use.

We look forward to welcoming you to this great celebration of two great San Francisco institutions.  Where else do you get to watch opera while enjoying hot dogs and garlic fries?

For more information about the production, please visit https://sfopera.com/giovanni. To sign up, click here: http://sfopera.com/simulcast.

See you at the ballpark!


Time-Sensitive Opera Cruise Message

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Below is a time-sensitive message from Opera Cruisemeister Tom Taffel.

NOW through May 25 we can offer an exclusive $1,100 shipboard credit per suite on our Mediterranean OPERA group sailing for next May, 2018 aboard the world’s most luxurious ship,” Regent Seven Seas’ newest six-star, ultra-luxury 750-passenger ship, the m/s “EXPLORER.”

The 7+9 (16-day) itinerary includes:  Barcelona ~ Valencia ~ Alicante ~ Malaga ~ Gibraltar ~ Seville (Cadiz) ~ Portimao  ~ Lisbon/Lisbon ~ Oporto ~ La Coruna ~ Bilbao ~ Bordeaux (two days) ~ Lorient ~ St. Malo ~ St. Peter Port (Guernsey) ~ London, Southampton).  Pre-cruise Barcelona and post-cruise London extensions are available.

The cuisine, magnificent specialty restaurants, and gourmet wines are nonpareil and Business Class air, transfers, pre-paid gratuities, premium spirits, fine wines, free open bars, free WiFi, plus world-renown specialty restaurants and your choice of 98 complimentary excursions … are all included!

We may be completely sold out by June!  Our 16-day sailing is selling out so quickly.

Opera Possibilitiesit’s still too early to find Barcelona, Bordeaux, and London opera schedules for May-June, 2018:

Barcelona, Gran Teatre del Liceu  (May 14, 2018) 

Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona (May 14, 2018)   

Opéra National de Bordeaux (May 26, 2018) 

LONDON: ROYAL OPERA (May 31st and June 1st)

ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA (May 31st & June 1st)

The building of the brand new $450 million six-star, ultra-luxury cruise ship, Regent Seven Seas’ m/s “EXPLORER” was featured in PBS’ one-hour NOVA series: “The Ultimate Cruise Ship  ~ Seven Seas “Explorer” on PBS Nova. Please let Tom know that “Opera Bob sent you.”

Tom Taffel, (415) 566-7673 Tom@TomTaffel.com

Tom’s Group Cruises

Dresden Lohengrin Revealed

Dresden Lohengrin Revealed

Anna Netrebko

Ciao, Opera Mavens. The beautiful 2016 Dresden Lohengrin with Piotr Beczala and Anna Netrebko is not available in the US from the normal Arte streaming channel in France. However, I found an available stream from iOpera in Spain. Here it is: Lohengrin from Dresden


Opera Bonanza

Opera Bonanza

Ciao, Opera Mavens. This morning, Sat May 13, the Vienna Staatsoper presented a gorgeous Eugene Onegin beautifully sung by Christopher Maltman, Olga Bezsmertna, and Pavol Brezlik. It will remain available only for

the next couple of days. Highly recommended.

Alberto Ginastera

Also, the very rare 1967 Spanish opera Bomarzo, by Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera is now available on The Opera Platform. The opera is essentially a nightmare in this stunning Pierre Audi production.

From Bergen National Opera, Norway, Il Turco in Italia in a Comedia del Arte production. Only through May 14th.


An OperaBobb Sidebar. If you’re a fan of Steven Sondheim and Follies, you’ll likely enjoy this new production from L’Opera de Toulon.