THE ELIXIR OF LOVE FOR FAMILIES (The Movie) – Free Screenings At The Herbst

SF Opera Education presents six free screenings, January 23rd and 30th

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

San Francisco Opera Education presents six FREE screenings of The Elixir of Love for Families—The Movie! on Sundays, January 23rd and 30th at 11 AM, 1:30 PM and 4 PM at the Herbst Theater in the War Memorial Veterans Building. Registration is required for this free event and is currently available at: ELIXIR, The Movie.

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Elixir of Love for Families. Photo, Kristen Loken Anstey

 Created from San Francisco Opera’s The Elixir of Love for Families production in 2008, this one-hour movie is a perfect way for children to learn about the magic of the opera. San Francisco Opera’s Education Department produced this movie version for Bay Area school and community programs. Previous screenings of San Francisco Opera Education’s first opera movie, The Magic Flute for Families, have been very well received and large crowds are expected once again for this free family presentation. Family resource materials including a story synopsis, biographies, slide shows, individual and group project ideas, and audio and video examples are available by clicking here: Elixir of Love.

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JI YOUNG YANG (Nadina) – ALEK SHRADER (Nemorino)

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EUGENE BRANCOVEANU (Belcore) – DALE TRAVIS (Dulcamara)

This whimsical production of Donizetti’s opera, directed by Jose Maria Condemi, takes place in the delightful setting of a Napa Valley county fair in 1915 complete with leatherhead football players and a Model-T truck. Using a translation by Donald Pippen, this production will be sung in English with English supertitles. The tale of shy Nemorino winning the heart of the beautiful Adina—with the help of a “love potion” – is a celebration of innocence and love in a simpler time.

Watch the preview:

In a showcase of San Francisco Opera Center talent, the young, energetic cast of The Elixir of Love for Families is entirely comprised of former Adler Fellows. Tenor Alek Shrader stars as the bashful, love-struck “Nemorino” opposite soprano Ji Young Yang, the beautiful yet coy “Adina” – the object of Nemorino’s affection. Baritone Eugene Brancoveanu is the dashing “Sergeant Belcore”. The stunning cast includes baritone Dale Travis as “Dulcamara”, the quack doctor and travelling salesman who sells Nemorino his magic elixir. Soprano Nikki Einfeld sings “Giannetta”, Adina’s friend and chatty town gossip. The performance is conducted by Assistant Music Director Giuseppe Finzi. Space is limited.
Click here to pre-register in advance for your free entry pass: ELIXIR

Never been to an opera?
San Francisco Opera invites you to explore this classic art form in one of North America’s most beautiful performance venues, the historic War Memorial Opera House. Opera is growing in popularity among younger and older generations. Click here to see what the excitement is all about: SF Opera

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Ji Young Yang, Eugene Brancoveanu, Alek Shrader.
Photo, Kristen Loken Anstey

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Seán Martinfield
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