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Classical Pick of the Week: Awesome Opera in Awesometown

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For once, you can drive to Santa Clarita for a taste of San Francisco instead of driving through it. This Tuesday, the San Francisco Opera is playing on the big screen their current production of Madame Butterfly, at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center. Not only will you save on gas, you'll save on tickets as well. Good seats for the SFOpera run between 88 and 210 dollars, and the most expensive seats at the SCPAC are 10 dollars. Awesometown, indeed. (For the record: This is a screening of the current production going on in SF right now, similar to the Met broadcasts at AMC theatres.)

If you can't make it out to Santa Clarita on a Tuesday night (we understand), the LA Times just gave their approval to LA Opera'sIl Postino, an opera written in Spanish based on an Italian film about Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. They have performances on Wednesday and Saturday. The LA Opera is also doing performances of The Marriage of Figaro, this Thursday and Sunday at 7:30 PM and 2:00 PM, respectively.