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Your weekend: A night at the opera

Submitted by on 1, August 5, 2010 – 4:50 amNo Comment

The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex is offering the chance to catch some performances from the San Francisco Opera on their big screens for a fraction of the cost of catching them live. Starting this Sunday, they’ll offer digital screenings of four San Francisco Opera productions: Puccini’s “La Rondine” and “Madama Butterfly,” “Samson and Delilah” by Camille Saint-Saëns and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”

Performances are at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays through September 1. Tickets are $10.50 for a single screening or $36 for the series (and your opera glasses are optional).

The Theatre’s reps promise an “exceptional high quality digital cinema experience (that) will be much like watching the performance from a premium priced seat in the San Francisco Opera House.”

The series opens Sunday with “Butterfly,” featuring soprano Patricia Racette in the role of torn-between-two-worlds geisha Cio-Cio San. Donald Runnicles conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus. The film includes a bonus, behind-the-scenes interview. The performance is two hours and 40 minutes, with an intermission in between, in Italian with English subtitles.

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