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Exploration Workshops: Inside The Magic Flute!

San Francisco Opera invites you to learn more about The Magic Flute in preparation for seeing the performance! 

Family workshop photo by Kristen LokenSunday, June 24 at 11am-12pm or 12:30-1:30pm

Ages 8 and older recommended. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
 
Snacks will be served after each workshop.
 
Experience Mozart’s masterpiece in an interactive, multi-generational workshop based on the themes, story, characters and music of The Magic Flute
 
Price
$5 per person.

Sunday, June 24, 11am-12pm
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Sunday, June 24, 12:30-1:30pm
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Location
Chorissima Hall, San Francisco Girls Chorus, 44 Page Street between Gough and Franklin Streets.  Map
 
Presented by San Francisco Opera's Education Department.
 
FAQ
 

How do I order tickets?
How much does the workshop cost?
Do these workshops accompany family performances of The Magic Flute?
Do I need to have any prior knowledge of opera to attend the workshop?
What is the minimum age for attendance at the workshop?
What is the format of the workshop?
Do I need to prepare for the workshop?
Where will the workshop be held and how do I get there?
Where can I park?
What time should I arrive at the workshop?
Will there be a break during the workshop?
Will refreshments be served?
Can I bring my own food?
What should I wear?
Who is conducting the workshop?

How do I order tickets?
Order tickets here, or by calling the Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330, or by visiting the Box Office at 301 Van Ness Avenue. Box Office hours are Monday 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm.

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How much does the workshop cost?
The cost is $5 per person, regardless of age.

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Do these workshops accompany family performances of The Magic Flute? 
In the spring 2012 season there are no performances of The Magic Flute that are specifically designed for families (i.e. abridged performances).  However, since this season's Magic Flute will be performed in English, and the story is suitable for children, San Francisco Opera's Education Department anticipates that many families will decide to attend.  Therefore we are offering these workshops to help prepare families for seeing the opera.  If you are attending a performance of The Magic Flute with your family on another day, you are still welcome to buy tickets for these workshops.  The estimated running time of The Magic Flute opera is 3 hours, including one intermission.

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Do I need to have any prior knowledge of opera to attend the workshop?
No, all experience levels are welcome!

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What is the minimum age for attendance at the workshop?
The Magic Flute is recommended for ages 8 and up due to the length and content of the opera. The estimated running time of The Magic Flute opera is 3 hours, including one intermission.  Therefore, this workshop is also recommended for children ages 8 and up, accompanied by a parent.

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What is the format of the workshop?
The workshop will be interactive. We aim to learn about opera by taking part in the creative process ourselves. Presentations will take the form of lively discussions and activities rather than lectures.

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Do I need to prepare for the workshop?
No.

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Where will the workshop be held and how do I get there?
The workshops will be held in the Chorissima Room at the San Francisco Girls Chorus Building (Kanbar Center), 44 Page Street between Gough and Franklin Streets.  Enter through the front door and follow the signs to the Chorissima Room.  Map
Please note, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is scheduled for Sunday, June 24, and several streets in the Civic Center area will be closed to traffic. Therefore, you may want to take public transportation.

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Where can I park?
Parking is available in several lots in the surrounding area. Please call lots for current hours and rates. For parking lot locations see this map.  Please note, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is scheduled for Sunday, June 24, and several streets in the Civic Center area will be closed to traffic.  Therefore, you may want to take public transportation. 

Performing Arts Garage—(415) 252-8238
360 Grove between Franklin and Gough
Attendant on duty, covered garage

Civic Center Plaza Garage (underground)—(415) 863-1537
Enter on McAllister between Polk and Larkin
Attendant or 24-hr security on duty, covered garage

Tower Valet Parking—(415) 341-1592
Enter on Grove between Gough and Octavia
Attendant on duty 6am–5:30pm, otherwise self-park, uncovered lot

Opera Plaza Garage—(415) 771-4776
Enter on Golden Gate or Turk at Van Ness
Attendant on duty 24 hours, covered and uncovered lot

Place 2 Park
Enter on Golden Gate between Gough and Franklin

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What time should I arrive at the workshop?
The workshops will begin promptly at the times listed above. The doors will open a half-hour before each start time.

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Will there be a break during the workshop?
We are not planning a formal break during the workshop; participants can take individual breaks as necessary.

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Will refreshments be served?
Yes, beverages and light snacks like cookies will be served after each workshop. If you would like something more substantial you are welcome to bring your own food.

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Can I bring my own food?
Yes, you can bring your own food. Keep in mind that we will not have formal breaks scheduled during the workshops, so you may want to come early if you plan to eat. The doors will open a half hour before each start time. If you prefer to eat before or after the workshops, you can find a list of local restaurants at sfopera.com/restaurants.

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What should I wear?
Since the workshop will be interactive, you should wear comfortable clothes.  There is no dress code at the Opera House, so you can wear your comfortable clothes to the opera as well. 

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Who is conducting the workshop?
The San Francisco Opera Education Department is conducting the workshop in collaboration with various presenters associated with the Company.

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Production photo: Nathan Gunn in Metropolitan Opera production of The Magic Flute by Ken Howard
Family workshop photo by Kristen Loken.