By Jackie Burrell
Thursday, January 20th, 2011 at 5:24 am in Uncategorized.
Between the foreign languages and multiple-hour length, opera can be an intimidating thing for a newbie, especially when that first-timer is, say, six. So the San Francisco Opera launched a series of special, shorter, kid-friendly productions â€” first â€śThe Magic Flute for Familiesâ€ť and then â€śThe Elixir of Love.â€ť Then they trumped that brilliant idea by turning the operas into movies, suitable for ages 4-12 (plus doting parents or grandparents). Now, families can catch the sheer, operatic spectacle of Donizettiâ€™s â€śElixir of Love – For Familiesâ€ť â€” set at a Napa Valley country fair in 1915 and sung in English â€” on the Herbst Theaterâ€™s silver screen at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Jan. 23 and 30. Tickets are free, but youâ€™ll need to register.