Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham has been performing at San Francisco Opera for 25 years. After her opening performance as Dido in The Trojans this summer, she was presented with the Opera Medal. We asked Susan a few questions about her career, words of wisdom, and her future plans.
Posted: 06/26/2015 by San Francisco Opera


Bass-baritone Philippe Sly finished his Adler fellowship this past December and returned to San Francisco this summer to play the title role The Marriage of Figaro. He will be back this coming fall as Papageno in The Magic Flute. Read on to learn about his favorite moments at San Francisco Opera, his inspirations, and what he would be doing if he weren't an opera singer.
Posted: 06/25/2015 by San Francisco Opera


Soprano Sarah Shafer made her San Francisco Opera debut as Mary Lennox in the world premiere of The Secret Garden. This summer she returned for another world premiere, as Rosetta in Two Women. We asked her how she prepares for a role in a world premiere, about her dream roles, and more!
Posted: 06/25/2015 by San Francisco Opera


We sat down with video director, Frank Zamacona, for a quick round of questions leading up to our wildly popular Opera at the Ballpark event this Friday, July 3 at 7:30pm at AT&T Park. 






Posted: 06/24/2015 by San Francisco Opera


1. It's like prom, but way, way better. Whether you had a great time at prom or would rather permanently wipe it from memory, you have a chance for a do-over because Opening Night Gala is the formal to end all formals. The evening begins with a pre-performance cocktail reception on the loge, a gorgeous part of the opera house consisting of a covered outdoor balcony overlooking City Hall. An hour or two later, guests enjoy a full-length opera staged and performed by some of the best artists in the world. And after the show, the festivities continue at one of the most happening venues in town (see #7).

It’s adult. It’s romantic. It’s sophisticated. And there will not be a single crepe paper decoration in sight.

Posted: 06/18/2015 by Shannon Eliot (BRAVO! CLUB Board Member)


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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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