Merola Goes to the Movies

Free film screenings of opera classics



Screenings at the San Francisco Public Library - Main Branch (100 Larkin Street) | Koret Auditorium
Admission is free | Seating is on a first-come basis - no advance reservation required | Doors open at 12:30 pm.


NEW! Join us this September at the Burlingame Library as Merola Goes to the Movies presents a special screening. See information below.

The Merola Opera Program and the San Francisco Public Library invite you to see legendary operas captured on film. Merola Goes to the Movies brings opera master works to the silver screen for free. All film 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.

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We are pleased to partner with Unitel Classica, one of the world's leading producers and distributors of classical music for audiovisual media. They have generously provided their films for all our screenings.

For more information about Merola Goes to the Movies, contact Merola at 415.936.2324 or mop@merola.org.

2016 - 2017 San Francisco Library Screenings


Sunday, November 20th, 1:00 pm
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
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2006 Salzburg Festival production featuring Rene Pape, Diana Damrau, Paul Groves, Franz Grundheber, and Christian Gerhaher.
Performed in German with English subtitles

A dragon, a princess in distress, a wicked queen, an enchanted flute. A treat for all ages set to a ravishing Mozart score.

Sunday, January 29th, 2017, 1:00 pm
Carmen
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2006 Royal Opera House production featuring Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jonas Kaufmann, and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo.
Performed in French with English subtitles

Love, obsession, bullfights, cigarette girls, and smugglers. The tragic story of the unforgettable Carmen plays out with passionate intensity in a vibrant production that makes Bizet’s familiar score seem fresh and new.

2016 Burlingame Library Screening


The Merola Opera Program is pleased to bring Merola Goes to the Movies to the Burlingame Library. Join us in September for one of opera's greatest classics!

Burlingame Library
Lane Room
480 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA 94010

650-558-7400
Admission is free | Seating is on a first-come basis - no advance reservation required | Doors open at 12:30 pm

Sunday, September 25, 1:00PM
La bohème
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Starring Merola Opera Program alums Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) and Rolando Villazón (Merola 1998)

Puccini's legendary work tells the story of young artists who find and lose love in bohemian Paris and face the heartbreaking truth that love is not stronger than death. This film version, featuring the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, brings to vivid life the garrets and cafés of the City of Light and the joy and tragedy of la vie bohème. Performed in Italian with English subtitles.

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.