Release date: 1/6/2011

San Francisco Opera Education Presents The Elixir of Love for Families-The Movie!

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SAN FRANCISCO (January 6, 2011) San Francisco Opera Education presents six FREE screenings of The Elixir of Love for Families—The Movie! on Sundays, January 23 and 30 at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Herbst Theater in the War Memorial Veterans Building. Registration is required for this free event and is currently available at
 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—The Movie!, have been very well received and large crowds are expected once again for this free family presentation. Family resource materials, such as a story synopsis, biographies, slide shows, individual and group project ideas, and audio and video examples are available at
 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.
 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 and the rest of the cast includes baritone Dale Travis as Dulcamara, the quack doctor and travelling salesman who sells Nemorino his magic elixir, and soprano Nikki Einfeld as Adina’s friend and chatty town gossip, Giannetta. Assistant Music Director Giuseppe Finzi conducts.
JANUARY 23 AND 30, 2011
HERBST THEATER, 401 Van Ness Avenue at McAllister, War Memorial Veterans Building

TICKETS: Registration is required for this free event.  Please visit to register.
INFORMATION: Prior to the screening there will be a 15-minute live introduction. The movie is in English, with English subtitles. Recommended for ages 4-12. For more information visit
San Francisco Opera’s The Elixir of Love for Families – The Movie!
Sunday, January 23 at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.         Herbst Theater
Sunday, January 30 at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.         401 Van Ness Avenue at McAllister
                                                                                                   San Francisco, CA 94102    
Sung in English with English subtitles
Running time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Rating: Recommended for ages 4-12
Cast:                                                                                                 Production Team:
Adina Ji Young Yang                                                                         Conductor Giuseppe Finzi
Nemorino Alek Shrader                                                                    Director Jose Maria Condemi
Belcore Eugene Brancoveanu                                                           Set Designer Allen Moyer
Dulcamara Dale Travis                                                                      Costume Designer Martin Pakledinaz
Giannetta Nikki Einfeld                                                                    Lighting Designer Paul Palazzo