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"A harrowing triumph...this is a raw, emotionally confrontational Carmen, insisting that the audience look straight into the eye of passion’s pitiless storm." —San Francisco Classical Voice

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2016–17 Season 

Choose the operas you want to see on dates that fit your schedule and save up to 20%.

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May 27–July 3, 2016

Don Carlo

June 12–29, 2016


June 14–July 1, 2016

Upcoming 2016–17 Season

Subscriptions for the 2016–17 Season are on sale now! Explore the nine operas in the season and choose the package that works best for you.

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From the Blog

June 21, 2016

A Man with a Vision

San Francisco Opera dramaturg Kip Cranna reflects on the legacy and career of General Director David Gockley.

June 20, 2016

Reasons to See 2016–17

Another installment of Reasons to See, where Opera employees to share their thoughts on the operas in our 2016–17 Season.

June 20, 2016

The Long Opera Survival Kit

There is nothing worse than waiting two hours for your favorite jealous aria, dramatic death scene, or hunky shirtless baritione to come on stage, only to be distracted by your fatigue and exhaustion. How do the Opera Pros do it? It's all in the preparation...

See more on the San Francisco Opera Blog.

Creating the Perfect Date Night

Three easy steps to creating a perfect night out.

Step 1:

We can help you pick the right opera.

Do you prefer political intrigues like House of Cards, or romances like The Notebook? Our friendly Box Office staff loves to help opera match make.

Step 2:

Explore dining and cocktail options.

Hayes Valley has both iconic classics and trendy new hot spots. Give yourself plenty of time to get here and book a table in advance.

Step 3:

Pre-order food and drinks for intermission.

Impress your guest(s) by pre-ordering champagne or truffles, and have them waiting for you the minute intermission begins. 

News From the Press Room

June 21, 2016

Carmen Goes To The Ballpark

Opera under the stars – free, live simulcast of Carmen at AT&T Park on Saturday, July 2.

June 17, 2016

Star-Studded Gala Honors David Gockley

Opera luminaries gather to salute David Gockley in his final season as Company General Director.

June 14, 2016

Adams/Sellars World Premiere In Fall 2017

Company announces commission from John Adams and Peter Sellars, Girls of the Golden West.

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