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Outsider Sopranos 

Wednesday, Sep 8 2010
When it comes to free al fresco opera, San Franciscans quite possibly lead the nation in arias per capita. SF Opera’s twice-yearly simulcasts at the baseball stadium may have captured the city’s imagination in recent years, but the company’s venerable Opera in the Park counters with something not even the slickest JumboTron could trump — real, live musicians, braving the fickle elements right there with you. Chills and environmental allergens notwithstanding, the roster of vocalists from this fall’s recently inaugurated season is nothing to sniff at: Performers taking the outdoor stage this afternoon include Micaela Carosi and Dolora Zajick, the soprano and mezzo-soprano leads in Aida; Ramón Vargas, who sings the title role in Werther; and Lucas Meachem and Luca Pisaroni, both from The Marriage of Figaro. Musical director Nicola Luisotti and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra demonstrate their versatility by accompanying not only these stellar voices, but also anyone and everyone who cares to join in belting out the traditional finale of “Libiamo ne’lieti calici” from La Traviata. It’s a drinking song. Plan your picnic accordingly.
Sun., Sept. 12, 1:30 p.m., 2010

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