Tamino (Piotr Beczala) & Animals
Tamino (Piotr Beczala) & Animals

San Francisco Opera Education and the California Film Institute announced that they will present free screenings of The Magic Flute for Families—The Movie on Sunday, December 12 and 19 at the Christopher B Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.

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 here.

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.

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.

San Francisco Opera’s The Magic Flute for Families – The Movie

Sunday, December 12 at 12 p.m.
Sunday, December 19 at 12 p.m.


1118 Fourth Street between
A and B, San Rafael, CA 94901


This is a free event; seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open 30 minutes before each show time.


Prior to the screening there will be a 15-minute live introduction by San Francisco Opera Education Performing and Teaching Artist Lua Hadar.The movie is in English, with English subtitles. Recommended for ages 4-12.

Sung in English with English subtitles
Running time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Rating: Recommended for ages 4-12

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