When the season at San Francisco Opera is in full swing, audiences have the opportunity to experience three or four completely different productions in a matter of days. In order to make that possible, a crew of more than fifty stagehands works tirelessly behind the scenes, in a role that is vital to the success of each performance but is largely hidden from the audience’s eyes. 

Posted: 11/25/2014 by Niels Swinkels

“I tried to quit opera many times,” René Barbera candidly admits. “But each time I got pulled back in.” It’s a good thing too. Not yet thirty years old, the Texas native is already singing leading roles at Paris Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera and now San Francisco Opera. In the current season, Bay Area audiences get to see him not once but twice.

Posted: 11/21/2014 by René Barbera (Don Ramiro, Cinderella)

On Tuesday, November 18, there will be a special "String Serenade" in the lobby of the War Memorial Opera House before the performance of Rossini's Cinderella! Craig Reiss, violin; Mariya Borozina violin; Joy Fellows, viola and Thalia Moore, cello, will be performing contemporaneous works from Beethoven and Cherubini. Craig Reiss gave us a little insight into the formation of this group and the musical selections. Enjoy!

Posted: 11/17/2014 by Craig Reiss (Orchestra, 2nd Violin)

Trixie - who made her San Francisco Opera debut on Sunday - gave us her thoughts on performing on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House. Apart from a little rain and thunder, this doggie diva is a natural born star!

Posted: 11/10/2014 by Trixie (Cinderella, Dog)

As I stand in the dim light of the orchestra pit, the intro of the Third Act starts to play around me. Almost finished with the fourth performance of Tosca, I think. When I start singing, I switch into autopilot and let my mind wander. I look at the conductor, but thoughts race through my head…school, play, sister, soccer…Then I start thinking, How did I get here?

Posted: 11/07/2014 by Pietro Juvara (Tosca, Shepherd boy)

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Backstage at San Francisco Opera is a fascinating, fast-moving, mysterious and sacred space for the Company’s singers, musicians, dancers, technicians and production crews. Musical and staging rehearsals are on-going, scenery is loaded in and taken out, lighting cues are set, costumes and wigs are moved around and everything is made ready to receive the audience. From the principal singers, chorus and orchestra musicians to the creative teams for each opera, in addition to the many talented folks who don’t take a bow on stage, this blog offers unique insight, both thought-provoking and light-hearted, into the life backstage at San Francisco Opera.


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