When I first moved to the Bay Area, I was eager to experience all the big city had to offer. My first live Opera experience was at the War Memorial Opera House and I was shocked at the cost of a ticket (and the seat was literally in the back row, way off to the right side!). I guess Moliere was spot on! But I got to experience the grandeur and fanfare of the Opera.
So when I got an email promoting the Tosca simulcast from the War Memorial Opera House to AT&T Park, I knew this would be unique experience for our Mystery Date and jumped at the opportunity.
At the time, we lived a few blocks from the Ballpark, so I packed a backpack with a blanket, snacks and a few adult beverages and we hoofed it over.
We picked a spot in right field (between 1st and 2nd base), which oddly turned out to be a much better view than my first experience at the War Memorial (and way cheaper)! Though it was somewhat far away, we could still see the screen pretty clearly.
We settled on our blanket and I pulled out our snacks (cheese, crackers, salami, olives) as well as a nice bottle of bubbly. We toasted, cozied up and got ready for the show to begin.
It was a pretty fun experience to have with 27,000 other people that night. People were very jovial and far less serious than the normal Opera constituents. People chatted and kids played, it was like an outdoor concert for the Opera!
Go see Tosca if you get a chance, it really is one of the most beautiful Operas out there to enjoy. For a little taste, here is Pavarotti singing one of the best parts.
How the stars shone.
How sweet the earth smelled.
The orchard gate creaked,
and a footstep pressed on the sand.
And she entered, fragrant as a flower, and fell into my arms.
Oh, sweet kisses, lingering caresses.
Slowly, trembling, I gazed upon her beauty.
Now my dream of true love is lost forever.
My last hour has flown, and I die, hopeless, and never have I loved life more.”
― Giacomo Puccini, Tosca