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San Francisco Opera Stages a Drive-In Production


This spring, the San Francisco Opera presented a three-week run of The Barber of Seville—in the parking lot of a Marin park. The company constructed an open-air stage and also simulcast the opera on a giant screen for a drive-in audience of up to 400 cars. 

The orchestra pit of 18 San Francisco Opera Orchestra players, represented by Local 6 (San Francisco, CA), were housed in a tent. The orchestra’s sound was mixed with that of the singers and transmitted to cars by radio signal. Sung in English, the opera was presented in an abridged and reconfigured version that ran under two hours, making it accessible to newcomers. About one-third of the ticket buyers for the drive-in were new to the opera. 

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