On Saturday, July 5, a crowd of 26,000 opera fans and first-timers flocked to San Francisco Opera's eighth live simulcast at AT&T Park for a free evening of Verdi's La Traviata. The performances, which also entertained an audience of 2,600 at the War Memorial Opera House three miles across town, starred husband-and-wife team Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello as the ill-fated lovers Violetta Valery and Alfredo Germont, and baritone Quinn Kelsey as Giorgio Germont. The performance also featured the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi. A diverse audience of all ages ranging from opera newbies to long-time opera aficionados came together to share a one-of-a-kind evening of fun, food and world class opera.
Posted: 07/11/2014 by San Francisco Opera


With the final performance of Madama Butterfly on July 9, let's take a moment and rediscover how artist and production designer Jun Kaneko took his first foray into opera design. Below is an excerpt from his 2011 book.
Posted: 07/02/2014 by Jun Kaneko (Production Designer, Madama Butterfly)


This year, San Francisco Opera came out... to celebrate LGBT pride by marching in the SF Pride Parade. Adding this to our Rainbow Series Subscription, LGBT focused receptions and events, and the decoration of the opera house with rainbow lights, San Francisco Opera is proud to support our LGBT friends, family, and community. The whole group, including Tosca, five of Scarpia's henchmen, and the many volunteers who marched in the parade, was made up of SFO staff members, supernumeraries, bravo club members, and donors – a collaboration representative of the whole San Francisco Opera family.
Below are some photos from this exciting event. 
Posted: 06/30/2014 by San Francisco Opera


When I first met Jun Kaneko, he was on a ladder with clay up to his elbows, working on a gigantic head. He joked that the piece might take two years to dry, and then he wouldn’t be able to say whether it would crack when it encountered the incredible heat of the kiln. I knew then that we would have a rich collaboration! As with one of Jun’s large clay pieces, we worked for over two years to create the world that was to be our Madama Butterfly. It was an incredibly rich creative and collaborative process born out of deep respect for Puccini’s masterpiece and its resonance within Jun Kaneko’s beautiful and profound aesthetic vision.

Posted: 06/27/2014 by Leslie Swackhamer (Director, Madame Butterfly)


A life on the road can get lonely from time to time. Brian Jagde, our Pinkerton in this summer's Madame Butterfly, is no exception to the rule. Thankfully he has his trusty companian Cav with him where ever he goes! Brian most recently appeared on the San Francisco Opera stage in our 2012 production of Tosca. Where has Brian and Cav been since? Let's find out in our Operatic Doggie Diary!


Posted: 06/18/2014 by Brian Jagde (Pinkerton, Madame Butterfly)


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