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)

On November 5, 14 skilled social media mavens attended the final dress rehearsal of Rossini’s Cinderella and tweeted their reactions, live. Hundreds of tweets were sent with the #CinderellaSF hashtag, showcasing the many different aspects of an opera performance, from costume comments to insightful haiku. Here are just a few:

Posted: 11/07/2014 by San Francisco Opera

We tallied just a few of the figures that help illustrate the massive effort required to produce opera on a scale as grand as Tosca. It's quite the team effort! Check it out!

Posted: 11/06/2014 by San Francisco Opera

These days it seems you can't get away from politics.  Political ads are coming to your mailbox, politicians are visiting your community events, and they are even becoming the focus of hit TV shows like Veep, House of Cards, Scandal, and The West Wing.

Much of this will come to an end today, as it is Election Day in America. But in honor of this biennial occasion,  we here at San Francisco Opera feel like we should share some of the pieces of advice we've learned about the political game from the operas that have graced our stage.  

Posted: 11/03/2014 by San Francisco Opera

Orpheus member Zachary Townsend sat down and gave us his feelings on the most recent Orpheus reception. 

Zachary Townsend is a startup co-founder and angel investor. A former civic technology policy advisor, he's on the Board of Bayes Impact and mentor for Code for America's Fellowship. He is also one of the newest members of Orpheus at San Francisco Opera.

Posted: 10/22/2014 by Zachary Townsend (Orpheus member)

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