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Merola Goes to the Movies

Various dates
San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin Street)
Koret Auditiorium
Admission is free

See legendary operas captured on film. Merola Goes to the Movies brings opera master works to the silver screen for free. All screenings take place at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch in the beautiful Koret Auditorium. A pre-screening talk by a Merola representative gives you fascinating insights about the opera. You can enter a free drawing to win great prizes.

Seating is on a first-come basis. Doors open at 12:30 pm. Advance reservations are not accepted.

We are pleased to welcome a new partner and the primary film provider for Merola Goes to the Movies - Unitel Classica.

For more information, contact Merola at 415.565.6427 or

Sunday, September 21st at 1 pm
Anna Bolena
Gaetano Donizetti

Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996), Elīna Garanča, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Directed by Eric Génovèsé | Vienna State Opera

Donizetti's moving retelling of Anne Boleyn's tragedy is brought to life in a stunning performance by opera star Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996 alum). Betrayal and passion ensue as Anna's unfaithful husband drives her insane in his plot to bring his mistress to the throne.

Sunday, November 23rd at 1 pm
Georges Bizet

Plácido Domingo, Julia Migenes-Johnson, Ruggero Raimondi, Faith Esham, François Le Roux
Directed by Francesco Rosi

With a smoldering and sizzling score by Bizet, the world’s most popular opera comes to vibrant life with opera superstars Placido Doming and Julia Migenes-Johnson in the lead roles. Carmen is caught in an obsessive love triangle and torn between a young soldier and a swaggering toreador where she pays the ultimate price for love.

Sunday, January 25th at 1 pm
Don Giovanni
W.A. Mozart

Thomas Hampson (Merola 1980), Christine Schäfer, Melanie Diener, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Isabel Bayrakdarian
Directed by Martin Kusej | Vienna Philharmonic

With more than 2,000 romantic conquests, Don Giovanni lives life in the fast lane until a mysterious meeting with a statue begins his downward spiral. From overture to epilogue, this opera is considered by many to be Mozart’s greatest work, filled with sweeping melodies and a stirring finale that will leave you trapped between heaven and hell. Merola alum Thomas Hampson (Merola 1980) leads a stellar cast.

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