Release date: 11/8/2010

San Francisco Opera's Grand Opera Cinema Series Releases Four New Titles: La Boheme, Tosca, Lucia di Lammermoor and The Elixir of Love

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SAN FRANCISCO (November 8, 2010) – San Francisco Opera has released four new titles as part of its acclaimed Grand Opera Cinema Series. These HD screenings of the Company’s recent productions of Puccini’s La Bohème and Tosca as well as Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and The Elixir of Love feature a wide array of international opera stars including Angela Gheorghiu, Adrianne Pieczonka, Natalie Dessay and Ramón Vargas. Bay Area venues screening San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Series include the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex in Alameda; the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael; the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in Davis; and the Sundance Kabuki Theater in San Francisco. A list of venues currently screening the series is attached. For complete location and screening date information, please visit; check often for updates as new locations and dates will be added regularly.
La Bohème, Giacomo Puccini’s exceedingly popular opera, tells the moving tale of starving artists falling in and out of love in 19th-century Paris. A seamless mix of romantic passion, poignant tragedy and high spirited fun, this opera boasts an outstanding cast featuring superstar Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu as the ill-fated Mimì and Polish tenor Piotr Beczala as her lover, the poet Rodolfo. Nicola Luisotti, San Francisco Opera’s music director and master of the Italian repertoire, conducts this beautiful San Francisco Opera production that is directed by Harry Silverstein.
A fierce melodrama set to magnificent music, Puccini’s Tosca brings to life a tempestuous world of cruelty and deception through the tragic story of Floria Tosca, a beautiful yet volatile singer; Mario Cavaradossi, the idealistic painter that she loves; and Baron Scarpia, an amoral police chief who uses his power to satisfy his lecherous appetite. Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka appears in the title role opposite tenor Carlo Ventre as Cavaradossi and baritone Lado Ataneli as Baron Scarpia. Italian conductor Marco Armiliato leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus and Jose Maria Condemi directs this San Francisco Opera production.
Lucia di Lammermoor, Gaetano Donizetti’s famed saga of a woman driven mad by her arranged marriage, features celebrated French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay, whose vocal agility and dramatic charisma have established her as one of the role’s foremost interpreters. Tenor Giuseppe Filianoti is Lucia’s beloved Edgardo and baritone Gabriele Viviani is her brother, Lord Enrico Ashton. The striking Teatro del Maggio Musicale production, conceived by Graham Vick, is led by French conductor Jean-Yves Ossonce.
A flirtatious tale of innocent love and boundless devotion, Gaetano Donizetti’s boisterous comedy The Elixir of Love tells the story of the shy, love-struck Nemorino as he naïvely relies on a “love potion” to help him win the heart of the beautiful Adina.  Stunning Albanian soprano Inva Mula and internationally renowned Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas headline a brilliant cast. Director James Robinson ingeniously updates this classic Italian tale to the delightful innocence of a Napa Valley county fair circa 1915, and Bruno Campanella conducts.
Recorded live in high definition at San Francisco’s historic War Memorial Opera House, all screenings include English subtitles and a brief intermission featuring behind the scenes interviews. All performances feature the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Opera Chorus (Ian Robertson, Chorus Director).  
For more information about San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Series, including additional theaters currently screening the series, and further information and video clips of La Bohème, Tosca, Lucia di Lammermoor and The Elixir of Love, visit All tickets for Grand Opera Cinema Series screenings are sold at individual venues.
About San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Series
San Francisco Opera launched its digital cinema series in Spring 2008 with its presentation of La Rondine, Samson and Delilah, Don Giovanni and Madama Butterflyto movie theaters across the country.  These operas are now available to theaters and performing arts venues as part of the Company’s Grand Opera Cinema Series, which focuses on distributing San Francisco Opera cinema presentations to arts centers, independent film theaters, universities, and other venues in the western region of the country.  In Fall 2010, four new titles including La Bohème, Tosca, Lucia di Lammermoor and The Elixir of Love were added to the Grand Opera Cinema Series.
The cinema series is one of the many electronic media initiatives launched under the direction of General Director David Gockley. These include the Company’s free live simulcasts, one of the first innovations of David Gockley’s tenure and part of the Company’s campaign to bring opera into the community.  Since 2006, the Company has presented eight free live simulcasts at venues throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco’s AT&T Park, for over 150,000 fans. San Francisco Opera’s simulcasts and cinemacasts are made possible through the technology of the Company’s Koret-Taube Media Suite, the first permanent HD broadcast-standard video production facility installed in an American opera house.  The media suite gives the Company the permanent capability to generate a high-definition, multi-camera live feed of the stage for many uses including cinema presentations, its expanding tradition of free outdoor simulcasts, OperaVision (offering full stage, close-up and mid-range ensemble shots in high-definition video on two retractable screens for patrons seated in the balcony section of the War Memorial Opera House), and for educational and other uses. A grant from the Koret Foundation provided lead funding for the Koret-Taube Media Suite, with additional support provided by Tad and Dianne Taube. An anonymous donor committed the remaining required funding.
Venues and screening schedules will be continually updated.
Please visit for updated information.
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Centeral Avenue, Alameda , CA
Screen Dates:  Tosca – November 7 and 9 (11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.)
                        The Elixir of Love – November 14 and 16 (11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.)
                        Lucia di Lammermoor – November 21 and 23 (11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.)
For tickets and information: (510) 769-3456 or
Magic Lantern Theater, 1st Avenue at 2nd Street, Ketchum, ID 
Screen Dates:   Madama Butterfly – November 10 and 11
For tickets and information: (208) 726-4274 or
Village Center Cinemas, 1085 SE Bishop Blvd., Pullman WA
Screen Dates:   Madama Butterfly – November 14 and 16
                        Don Giovanni – December 5 and 7
                        La Rondine – January 23 and 25
Samson and Delilah – February 20 and 22
For tickets and information: (509) 334-1002 or
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA
Screen Dates:   La Bohème – November 18 (7 p.m.) and 20 (10 a.m.); December 16 (7 p.m.) and 18 (10 a.m.)
                        Tosca – November 25 (7 p.m.) and 27 (10 a.m.); December 23 (7 p.m.) and 30 (7 p.m.)
                        Lucia di Lammermoor – December 2 (7 p.m.) and 4 (10 a.m.); January 6 (7 p.m.) and 8 (10 a.m.)
                        The Elixir of Love – December 9 (7 p.m.) and 11 (10 a.m.); January 13 (7 p.m.) and 15 (10 a.m.)
For tickets and information: (415) 454-1222 or
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA
Screen Dates:  Tosca – November 21
                        The Elixir of Love – January 16
                        Lucia di Lammermoor – April 10
For tickets and information: (360) 753-8586 or
Torrance Cultural Arts Center Foundation, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA
Screen Dates:  Samson and Delilah – November 21
                        Madama Butterfly – January 22
                        La Rondine – February 13
For tickets and information: (310) 378-8100 or
Mountain Avenue Theater at Ashland High School, 201 South Mountain Avenue, Ashland, OR
Screen Dates:  La Bohème – December 5
                        Lucia di Lammermoor – January 30
                        The Elixir of Love – February 13
For tickets and information: 541 552-6301 or
Cascade Theatre, 1733 Market St, Redding, CA
Screen Dates:  La Bohème – December 5
                        Lucia di Lammermoor – January 30
                        The Elixir of Love – February 13
For tickets and information: (530) 243-8877 or
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis CA 
Screen Dates:   La Rondine – February 11
For tickets and information: (866) 754-2787 or
Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA
Screen Dates:   Series #2 coming soon in January 2011
For tickets and information: (323) 466-3456 or
Sundance Kabuki Theater, 1881 Post Street, San Francisco, CA
Screen Dates:   La Bohème – January 11 (7:30 p.m.) and 15 (10 a.m.)
                        Tosca – February 19 (10 a.m.) and 22 (7:30 p.m.)
                        Lucia di Lammermoor – March 22 (7:30 p.m.) and 26
                        The Elixir of Love – May 10 (7:30 p.m.) and 14 (10 a.m.)
For tickets and information: (415) 346-3243 or      
Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons,
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA
Screen Dates:  Don Giovanni – January 25
For tickets and information: (661) 362-5304 or
El Campanil Theatre, 602 West Second Street, Antioch CA
Screen dates:    Tosca – February 20
                        La Bohème – March 13
                        Lucia di Lammermoor – April 17
                        The Elixir of Love – May 7
For tickets and information: (925) 757-9500 or