Opera-in-an-Hour DVDs for Schools

Magic Flute, Elixir of Love, Girl of the Golden West, and Carmen

One-hour versions of San Francisco Opera performances of The Magic Flute, The Elixir of Love, Girl of the Golden West  and   Carmen are available for teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area to use in their classrooms!

The Magic Flute

Take your students 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 and is in English. 

Elixir of Love

A perfect introduction to the magic of opera, the Elixir of Love for Schools DVD is a condensed one-hour version of composer Gaetano Donizetti's delightful comedy about the course of true love made smooth by a “magic” potion. This charming production, set in Napa Valley circa 1915, was performed in English at San Francisco Opera in 2008. 

Girl of the Golden West

This Puccini opera is set during the Gold Rush and has it all: a superb soprano, a dramatic love triangle, and connections to California state history curriculum!  This new production was performed in Italian at San Francisco Opera in 2009. 


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 the San Francisco Opera's performance of Carmen for Families in 2011, this production is in English, with English subtitles, and is recommended for ages 10 and up. 

The DVDs for Schools come equipped with subtitles and cast interviews, and connect to K-12 educational materials at

If you work with students in the San Francisco Bay Area, and would like to receive a free DVD, contact San Francisco Opera's Education Department at or 415-551-6296. 


**Please note, these DVDs are to be used for educational purposes only.  Admission fees cannot be charged for viewing the DVDs.**

Support for the 2013-2014 San Francisco Opera Education Department’s ARIA (Arts Resources In Action) school programs has been provided by our lead sponsor Union Bank. Additional program support also generously provided by the George T. Cameron Educational Foundation, Robert and Laura Cory, Kristina Flanagan, Richard and Elizabeth Fullerton Family Foundation, Gap Foundation, Kaiser Permanente; Loomis, Sayles & Company, LP; the Michelson Family Foundation, Wells Fargo and Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Union Bank

Photo: Terrence McCarthy