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)

On June 11 a brave band gathered in a box to live tweet their views from the final dress rehearsal of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. The live tweeters worked tirelessly to portray the production, the plot and the artists during the dress rehearsal, making for a lively picture of a delightful afternoon.

Here’s just a selection of the over 600 tweets sent during the course of the rehearsal that used the special hashtag, #FigaroSF:

Posted: 06/17/2015 by San Francisco Opera

First year Adler Fellow Edward Nelson made his professional debut at San Francisco Opera this past weekend as Lieutenant John Buckley in the world premiere of Two Women. We look foward to hearing him in numerous, varied productions this fall: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Barber of Seville, and The Fall of the House of Usher. Learn more about this busy baritone's background, thoughts on Opera, and the activity he can't live without!

Posted: 06/15/2015 by San Francisco Opera

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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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