Free Family Movie Screenings

FREE Screenings of San Francisco Opera's Opera in an Hour Series

Each screening features a live introduction.  Bring the children and grandchildren for a fun opera experience!

The Magic Flute for Families 
Bring your family on a magical journey with this 60-minute version of Mozart's famous opera, perfect for all ages. The Magic Flute is the charming story of Prince Tamino and bird catcher Papageno's journey to rescue Pamina, a beautiful princess who has been kidnapped by the magician Sarastro. Along the way they find their true loves and discover the virtues of wisdom and forgiveness. This production was presented for families at San Francisco Opera in 2007.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Time: 3-4:15pm
Location: Claremont Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave, Berkeley

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015
Times: 1-2:15pm, 3-4:15pm
Location: Children's Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose
(This screening is free with paid museum admission)

Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015
Time: 4-5:15pm
Location: Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Time: 3:30-4:45pm
Location: Walnut Creek Library, 1644 North Broadway, Walnut Creek

To review educational materials about The Magic Flute, click here.

Click here to view scenes from the movie.

Carmen for Families
Opera newcomers will thrill to the captivating music of this beloved work by Georges Bizet, featuring the alluring Gypsy girl Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her and the brave bullfighter who wins her heart.

Created from San Francisco Opera's performance of Carmen for Families in 2011, this one hour movie is a wonderful first opera experience. The performance is in English, with English subtitles and is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 11am-12:15pm
Location: El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. 2nd Street, Antioch

To review educational materials about Carmen, click here.

Click here to view scenes from the movie.

The Elixir of Love for Families
Donizetti'sThe Elixir of Love is a delightful comedy about the course of true love made smooth by a "magic" potion. This charming production is set in Napa Valley circa 1915. Created from San Francisco Opera's The Elixir of Love for Families in 2008, this one hour movie is a perfect way for children to learn about the magic of opera. The performance is in English, with English subtitles and is recommended for ages 4 and up.

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Time: 2-3:15pm
Location: The Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Time: 11am-12:15pm
Location: Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St., St. Helena

To review educational materials about The Elixir of Love, click here.

Click here to view scenes from the movie.

A 15-minute live introduction will precede each screening. The one-hour movie versions are produced by the Education Department for Bay Area School and Community Programs.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Doors will open 30 minutes before each screening.   

*If you are interested in hosting a San Francisco Opera Family Movie Screening at your library, community center, theater, or other venue, please contact us at