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PAC to screen San Francisco Opera's 'Madama Butterfly,' 'Don Giovanni'

Posted: September 2, 2010 4:34 p.m.
Updated: September 2, 2010 4:34 p.m.

San Francisco Opera partners with Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center to present HD screenings of the company's acclaimed productions of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" and Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center in Valencia.

Recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco Opera's cinema presentations are presented for the first time at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.

The series begins on Sept. 28 with "Madama Butterfly," Giacomo Puccini's classic story of colliding hearts and cultures which features some of opera's most beautiful and captivating music.

"Madama Butterfly" stars celebrated American soprano Patricia Racette in her signature role as the tragic heroine Cio-Cio-San, opposite rising American tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton and mezzo-soprano Zheng Cao as Suzuki. 

Former San Francisco Opera Music Director Donald Runnicles conducts this stirring San Francisco Opera production created by Ron Daniels and directed by Kathleen Belcher.

The series continues on Jan. 25, 2011 with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Don Giovanni." The Don Juan legend crackles to life in the hands of one of the world's most beloved composers.

Cannily balancing comedy and tragedy, Leah Hausman directs this riveting San Francisco Opera/Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie co-production by David McVicar, conducted by Donald Runnicles. 

The cast features leading baritone Mariusz Kwiecien in the title role, with soprano Elza van den Heever as Donna Anna, soprano Twyla Robinson as Donna Elvira, tenor Charles Castronovo as Don Ottavio and bass Oren Gradus as Leporello.

Recorded live in high definition at San Francisco's historic War Memorial Opera House, all shows include English subtitles and a brief intermission featuring behind the scenes interviews.

All performances feature the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Opera Chorus (Ian Robertson, Chorus Director).

Tickets for San Francisco Opera's Grand Opera Cinema Series at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center are priced at $10/$5 and are available via and at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center Box Office.

The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia 91355.

About San Francisco Opera's Grand Opera Cinema Series
San Francisco Opera launched its digital cinema series in Spring 2008 with its presentation of "La Rondine," "Samson and Delilah," "Don Giovanni" and "Madama Butterfly" to movie theaters across the country. These operas are now available to theaters and performing arts venues as part of the Company's Grand Opera Cinema Series, which focuses on distributing San Francisco Opera cinema presentations to arts centers, independent film theaters, universities, and other venues in the western region of the country.

The cinema series is one of the many electronic media initiatives launched under the direction of General Director David Gockley. These include the company's free live simulcasts, one of the first innovations of David Gockley's tenure and part of the company's campaign to bring opera into the community. Since 2006, the company has presented seven free live simulcasts at venues throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco's AT&T Park, for nearly 120,000 fans. 

San Francisco Opera's simulcasts and cinemacasts are made possible through the technology of the company's Koret-Taube Media Suite, the first permanent HD broadcast-standard video production facility installed in an American opera house. The media suite gives the company the permanent capability to generate a high-definition, multi-camera live feed of the stage for many uses including cinema presentations, its expanding tradition of free outdoor simulcasts, OperaVision (offering full stage, close-up and mid-range ensemble shots in high-definition video on two retractable screens for patrons seated in the balcony section of the War Memorial Opera House), and for educational and other uses. 

A grant from the Koret Foundation provided lead funding for the Koret-Taube Media Suite, with additional support provided by Tad and Dianne Taube. An anonymous donor committed the remaining required funding.


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