On September 24, 2010, the San Francisco Opera Company will broadcast AIDA at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. The showing will begin at 8pm, and to the link to sign up for early entry and the best seating is http://sfopera.com/spact/aida_att_signup.asp. Registering will allow you into the ballpark at 6.30pm, instead of 7pm.
I have been to two of these simulcast, and I can say that this is way I love to enjoy opera – at my favorite ballpark. I have loved the opera since college, and I must have seen AIDA half a dozen times already. Nevertheless, I cannot resist a night of beautiful music, and the flexibility of knowing that I can leave my seat at any time. I know that this is a promotion for the Opera Company and it is free, but I would actually pay money to avoid having to dress up, and the displeasure of having to stay in my seat for hours.
As in past years, there will not be many concession stands open, but you can bring your own food and drink, as long as it is in safe containers. I usually don’t, but I have seen other people make a picnic out of the night, complete with the blanket and basket. I am just going to eat my hot dog and garlic fries, and a couple beer to wash it all down.
Even those that are not opera afficados can enjoy the experience. How often do the San Francisco Giants let you on to the field? In past years, the managers at AT&T Park have allowed the crowd to sit on the field. This allows you to get closer to the big screen / scoreboard. I prefer to sit high up, avoid some of the crowd, and take in the view of San Francisco Bay, while enjoying the music and the gentle breeze, hopefully gentle. Bring a parka, or a heavy sweater just in case.
Again, the event is free, so if you bring along a friend that wants leave early, you don’t have to feel guilty that you just spent $80 per person in the group. If you and your friends get tired of the experience, just pick up and leave for the party. AT&T are well served by MUNI (N and T subways, and the 30, 45 and other buses that serve different parts of town.)
I am definitely looking forward to the experience again.