San Francisco Opera releases La Bohème, Tosca, Lucia, Elixir of Love

    Recorded live in high definition at San Francisco’s historic War Memorial Opera House, all screenings include English subtitles and a brief intermission featuring behind the scenes interviews.

    La Bohème - Act II photo by Terrence McCarthy
    La Bohème - Act II photo by Terrence McCarthy
    La Bohème - Act II  photo by Terrence McCarthy
    La Bohème - Act II photo by Terrence McCarthy

    San Francisco Opera has released four new titles as part of its acclaimed Grand Opera Cinema Series. These HD screenings of the Company’s recent productions of Puccini’s La Bohème and Tosca as well as Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and The Elixir of Love feature a wide array of international opera stars including Angela Gheorghiu, Adrianne Pieczonka, Natalie Dessay and Ramón Vargas.

    Bay Area venues screening San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Series include the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex in Alameda; the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael; the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in Davis; and the Sundance Kabuki Theater in San Francisco.

    La Bohème, Giacomo Puccini’s exceedingly popular opera, tells the moving tale of starving artists falling in and out of love in 19th-century Paris. A seamless mix of romantic passion, poignant tragedy and high spirited fun, this opera boasts an outstanding cast featuring superstar Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu as the ill-fated Mimì and Polish tenor Piotr Beczala as her lover, the poet Rodolfo. Nicola Luisotti, San Francisco Opera’s music director and master of the Italian repertoire, conducts this beautiful San Francisco Opera production that is directed by Harry Silverstein.

    A fierce melodrama set to magnificent music, Puccini’s Tosca brings to life a tempestuous world of cruelty and deception through the tragic story of Floria Tosca, a beautiful yet volatile singer; Mario Cavaradossi, the idealistic painter that she loves; and Baron Scarpia, an amoral police chief who uses his power to satisfy his lecherous appetite. Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka appears in the title role opposite tenor Carlo Ventre as Cavaradossi and baritone Lado Ataneli as Baron Scarpia. Italian conductor Marco Armiliato leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus and Jose Maria Condemi directs this San Francisco Opera production.

    Lucia di Lammermoor, Gaetano Donizetti’s famed saga of a woman driven mad by her arranged marriage, features celebrated French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay, whose vocal agility and dramatic charisma have established her as one of the role’s foremost interpreters. Tenor Giuseppe Filianoti is Lucia’s beloved Edgardo and baritone Gabriele Viviani is her brother, Lord Enrico Ashton. The striking Teatro del Maggio Musicale production, conceived by Graham Vick, is led by French conductor Jean-Yves Ossonce.

    A flirtatious tale of innocent love and boundless devotion, Gaetano Donizetti’s boisterous comedy The Elixir of Love tells the story of the shy, love-struck Nemorino as he naïvely relies on a “love potion” to help him win the heart of the beautiful Adina. Stunning Albanian soprano Inva Mula and internationally renowned Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas headline a brilliant cast. Director James Robinson ingeniously updates this classic Italian tale to the delightful innocence of a Napa Valley county fair circa 1915, and Bruno Campanella conducts.

    Recorded live in high definition at San Francisco’s historic War Memorial Opera House, all screenings include English subtitles and a brief intermission featuring behind the scenes interviews. All performances feature the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Opera Chorus (Ian Robertson, Chorus Director).

    For more information about San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Series, including additional theaters currently screening the series, and further information and video clips of La Bohème, Tosca, Lucia di Lammermoor and The Elixir of Love, visit sfopera.com/cinemaseries. All tickets for Grand Opera Cinema Series screenings are sold at individual venues.

    SAN FRANCISCO OPERA’S GRAND OPERA CINEMA SERIES

    Venues and screening schedules will be continually updated.
    Please visit sfopera.com/cinemaseries for updated information.

    Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Centeral Avenue, Alameda , CA
    Screen Dates: Tosca – November 7 and 9 (11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.)
    The Elixir of Love – November 14 and 16 (11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.)
    Lucia di Lammermoor – November 21 and 23 (11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.)
    For tickets and information: (510) 769-3456 or alamedatheatres.com

    Magic Lantern Theater, 1st Avenue at 2nd Street, Ketchum, ID
    Screen Dates: Madama Butterfly – November 10 and 11
    For tickets and information: (208) 726-4274 or www.magiclanterncinemas.com

    Village Center Cinemas, 1085 SE Bishop Blvd., Pullman WA
    Screen Dates: Madama Butterfly – November 14 and 16
    Don Giovanni – December 5 and 7
    La Rondine – January 23 and 25
    Samson and Delilah – February 20 and 22
    For tickets and information: (509) 334-1002 or www.pullmanmovies.com

    Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA
    Screen Dates: La Bohème – November 18 (7 p.m.) and 20 (10 a.m.); December 16 (7 p.m.) and 18 (10 a.m.)
    Tosca – November 25 (7 p.m.) and 27 (10 a.m.); December 23 (7 p.m.) and 30 (7 p.m.)
    Lucia di Lammermoor – December 2 (7 p.m.) and 4 (10 a.m.); January 6 (7 p.m.) and 8 (10 a.m.)
    The Elixir of Love – December 9 (7 p.m.) and 11 (10 a.m.); January 13 (7 p.m.) and 15 (10 a.m.)
    For tickets and information: (415) 454-1222 or cafilm.org

    The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA
    Screen Dates: Tosca – November 21
    The Elixir of Love – January 16
    Lucia di Lammermoor – April 10
    For tickets and information: (360) 753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org

    Torrance Cultural Arts Center Foundation, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA
    Screen Dates: Samson and Delilah – November 21
    Madama Butterfly – January 22
    La Rondine – February 13
    For tickets and information: (310) 378-8100 or torrancearts.org/sf-opera-cinema.html

    Mountain Avenue Theater at Ashland High School, 201 South Mountain Avenue, Ashland, OR
    Screen Dates: La Bohème – December 5
    Lucia di Lammermoor – January 30
    The Elixir of Love – February 13
    For tickets and information: 541 552-6301 or ijpr.org/News.asp?NewsID=1381

    Cascade Theatre, 1733 Market St, Redding, CA
    Screen Dates: La Bohème – December 5
    Lucia di Lammermoor – January 30
    The Elixir of Love – February 13
    For tickets and information: (530) 243-8877 or cascadetheatre.org

    Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis CA
    Screen Dates: La Rondine – February 11
    For tickets and information: (866) 754-2787 or www.mondaviarts.org

    Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA
    Screen Dates: Series #2 coming soon in January 2011
    For tickets and information: (323) 466-3456 or http://egyptiantheatre.com/tixtheatregeneralinfo.htm#boxoffice

    Sundance Kabuki Theater, 1881 Post Street, San Francisco, CA
    Screen Dates: La Bohème – January 11 (7:30 p.m.) and 15 (10 a.m.)
    Tosca – February 19 (10 a.m.) and 22 (7:30 p.m.)
    Lucia di Lammermoor – March 22 (7:30 p.m.) and 26
    The Elixir of Love – May 10 (7:30 p.m.) and 14 (10 a.m.)
    For tickets and information: (415) 346-3243 or sundancecinemas.com

    Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA
    Screen Dates: Don Giovanni – January 25
    For tickets and information: (661) 362-5304 or canyons.edu/Offices/PIO/CanyonsPAC/index.html

    El Campanil Theatre, 602 West Second Street, Antioch CA
    Screen dates: Tosca – February 20
    La Bohème – March 13
    Lucia di Lammermoor – April 17
    The Elixir of Love – May 7
    For tickets and information: (925) 757-9500 or www.elcampaniltheatre.com

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