Release date: 2/14/2011

San Francisco Opera Education Presents The Magic Flute for Families-The Movie!

February 19 in Palo Alto and March 27 in Los Gatos

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SAN FRANCISCO (February 14, 2011) San Francisco Opera Education presents FREE screenings of The Magic Flute for Families—The Movie! on Saturday, February 19 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto and on Sunday, March 27 1 p.m. at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center in Los Gatos.
Created from San Francisco Opera's The Magic Flute for Families in 2007, 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. Family resource materials, such as a story synopsis, biographies, slideshows of design drawings and production photos, coloring book images and audio and video examples are available at
In this abridged version of Mozart’s whimsical tale, the bird-catcher Papageno (Daniel Belcher) narrates the plot between arias in a fun, family-friendly format. Papageno accompanies the prince Tamino (Chad Freeburg) on a journey through an enchanted world to free his beloved Pamina, sung by former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Ji Young Yang. Along the way, they find their true loves and discover the virtues of wisdom and forgiveness. The cast also includes Svetlana Nikitenko as the Queen of the Night and former Adler Fellow Jeremy Galyon as Sarastro. The mystical realms of the opera are re-envisioned by renowned cartoonist and designer Gerald Scarfe.
TICKETS: This is a free event; seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open
30 minutes before each show time.
INFORMATION: Prior to the screenings there will be a 15-minute live introduction by a San Francisco Opera Education Teaching Artist. The movie is in English, with English subtitles. Recommended for ages 4-12.  For more information visit
San Francisco Opera’s The Magic Flute for Families – The Movie!
Saturday, February 19                                    Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.                                          Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
                                                                        3921 Fabian Way                                             
                                                                        Palo Alto, CA 94303
Sunday, March 27 at 1 p.m.                           Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center
                                                                      14855 Oka Road
                                                                      Los Gatos, CA 95032
Sung in English with English subtitles
Running time: 1 hour and 15 minutes                        
Rating: Recommended for ages 4-12
Production Information
Cast:                                                                                    Production Team:
Tamino                                  Chad Freeburg                       Conductor                                    Alya Joffe
Pamina                                  Ji Young Yang                        Director                                       Yuval Sharon
Papageno                              Daniel Belcher                        Designer                                     Gerald Scarfe
Queen of the Night                 Svetlana Nikitenko                 Original Lighting Designer              Richard Pilbrow
Sarastro                               Jeremy Galyon                        Lighting Designer                          Chris Maravich
Papagena                             Rhoslyn Jones                         Chorus Director                             Ian Robertson
Monostatos                           Matthew O’Neill
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