Opera brings classic show to students
by TP staff
Oct 19, 2011 | 2024 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
David Gustafsen and Lindsay Roush of the San Francisco Opera Guild sing during their performance of “the Elixir of Love at St. Bernard’s School.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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A comedic opera took center stage at St. Bernard’s Catholic School as the San Francisco Opera Guild performed Gaetano Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love,” with a little help from students Wednesday afternoon.

The visit by the opera guild is an annual performance, in which St. Bernard’s students study for weeks to learn their lines as they step onto the stage in front of their classmates.

The version of “The Elixir of Love” performed by the students is a shortened, updated one from the original penned in1832. Students take the supporting cast roles alongside three members of the guild. Music students also make up a chorus that sings during the opera.

The opera guild travels through the Bay Area performing at different schools through the year in an effort to foster an appreciation of opera.

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