San Francisco Opera's Free Madame Butterfly Screening Draws 8,000

Classic Arts News   San Francisco Opera's Free Madame Butterfly Screening Draws 8,000
 
An estimated 8,000 spectators turned up on May 27 for Puccini's Madame Butterfly, San Francisco Opera's first live outdoor simulcast, according to the company.

Patricia Racette headlined the cast as Cio-Cio-San in a performance the San Francisco Chronicle said "ranked among the soprano's great appearances with the company."

The free event was held at San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza and was the first of a number of community events under the helm of general director David Gockley.

Upcoming free events include an afternoon concert on July 1 in Dolores Park conducted by Donald Runnicles, a performance in association with San Francisco Gay Pride on June 24, the Adler Fellows in concert at Yerba Buena Gardens on May 28, and several preview lectures. Racette, Ruth Ann Swenson, and Dolora Zajick will also sing the National Anthem at San Francisco Giants home games in June.


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