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SF Opera Goes Hollywood

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Janos Gereben <[log in to unmask]>

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Moderated Classical Music List <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 19 Dec 2007 13:08:13 -0800

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http://www.sfcv.org/2007/12/18/music-news-39/

   San Francisco Opera General Manager David Gockley had his
   pioneering, open-air, free simulcasts years ago, when he
   was heading Houston Opera.  Twelve long years ago, still
   in the last century, Gockley oversaw a free live video
   simulcast of Rossini's /La Cenerentola/, starring Cecilia
   Bartoli, to an audience in the plaza outside the Wortham
   Theater Center --- a first in the U.S.
   
   When Gockley came to San Francisco, two years ago, he
   introduced multiple free simulcasts from the War Memorial
   (including a first-ever event in the Giants' ballpark),
   and restored radio broadcasts that were on hiatus for many
   years. Then came the Metropolitan Opera's high-definition
   simulcasts to theaters (see next column item), and Milan's
   La Scala <http://opera.screenvision.com/> getting into the
   act, and the "electrification" of opera busting out all
   over.
   
   Today, Gockley is back in the lead, with yet another first:
   a four-year contract for worldwide distribution of San
   Francisco Opera productions in "Hollywood feature film
   quality digital cinema format." Partners in the venture are
   The Bigger Picture <http://www.thebiggerpicture.us/> and
   AccessIT <http://www.accessitx.com/>.  Shows will be sent
   by satellite, stored in the theaters, and then screened.
   Initially, close to 200 screens are expected to be used,
   in markets where theaters have installed the digital cinema
   systems.
   
   The initial Digital Cinema Program will feature four showings
   each of the company's 2007 productions of Puccini's /La
   Rondine/, Saint-Saens' /Samson and Delilah/; Mozart's /The
   Magic Flute/; Mozart's /Don Giovanni/; /Appomattox/, a new
   opera by Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton that premiered
   in October; and Puccini's /Madama Butterfly/. ...

Janos Gereben
www.sfcv.org
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