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Alameda Theatre: Bringing Opera to the Island

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The San Francisco Opera is sharing recordings of four operas with Alameda Theatre & Cineplex and about 10 other theaters across the Bay Area and the nation this month and next as part of its Grand Opera Cinema Series.

“Recorded live in high-definition at San Francisco’s historic War Memorial Opera House, this inaugural series of four popular grand operas provides an exceptional high quality experience that will have you feeling like you were watching this performance from your favorite seat in the Opera House,” according to SF Opera. 

Opera lovers and newbies alike can still catch digital recordings of two operas in Alameda – “Samson and Delilah” and “La Rondine,” which will be shown at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and Wednesday, August 22 & 25 and August 29 & September 1, respectively.

“Samson and Delilah” by Camille Saint-Saens tells one of “the most compelling Biblical tales to emerge from the Old Testament,” says SF Opera. “This riveting opera features lush music and one of the most thrilling bacchanalian dance spectacles ever conceived for the stage.”

Sung in French with English subtitles, the production lasts for about two hours and a half, with two 10-minute intermissions.

“La Rondine” by Giacomo Puccini was inspired by Viennese operetta and tells the story of love between a kept woman from high society and a naïve younger man of moderate means.  (The photo above is from “La Rondine” and features Angela Gheorghiu as Magda de Civry.)

It is performed in Italian with English subtitles and lasts two hours and five minutes (with one 10-minute intermission).

Tickets are $10.50 — roughly the price of a movie, and the series means all we have to do is walk across the Island (or the neighborhood) to enjoy the San Francisco Opera!

Thanks to San Francisco Opera/Terrence McCarthy  for the photo.

Janet Levaux

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