Before the Opera

Shirley and I had a great time recently when we attended the live simulcast of Verdi’s La Traviata, broadcast from the War Memorial Opera House directly to AT&T park.  We rode up to San Francisco on Caltrain, which was packed full of opera fans making their way to the stadium.  The opera is shown on a 103 foot wide HD screen, so there wasn’t a bad seat for any of the 26,000 in attendance.  In my opinion, the best place to sit isn’t a seat at all, but actually out on the field, which is opened up to a couple thousand lucky fans (get there early!).  We settled in between 1st and 2nd base with our collection of blankets (it gets cold- dress warm!).  The leads of La Traviata were played by husband-and-wife team Ailyn Perez (as Violetta Valery) and Stephen Costello (as Alfredo Germont), and they were wonderful.  Verdi’s music was a delight, as was the hot dog with grilled onions!  After the cast had taken their bows, each wearing their favorite Giants gear, it was fascinating (and slightly unnerving) to watch thousands of seagulls descend on the park in search of a late dinner.

After the Opera