Over the last few years, we've asked some of our artists the same question: "Describe your first onstage Opera Kiss." Their responses were vastly different. Many of the stories were funny, some were sweet, and some couldn't even remember! From this 'study in Opera Kiss' we've learned at least one thing—Opera brings people together. And what better way to celebrate the holiday of love, than with a little #OperaLove of our own. Happy Valentine's Day from San Francisco Opera!


Posted: 02/13/2015 by San Francisco Opera


The use of video projections to complement traditional scenery and backdrops is by now a familiar sight to most operagoers. Perhaps no production mounted at the War Memorial Opera House depends as heavily on this technology as Jun Kaneko’s whimsical interpretation of The Magic Flute, returning to our stage this fall. Premiered in San Francisco in 2012, the Kaneko production forgoes a physical set almost entirely in favor of vivid animation sequences projected onto screens at the rear and sides of the stage.
Posted: 02/12/2015 by San Francisco Opera


Earlier this week, General Director David Gockley bestowed the Spirit of the Opera Award, the highest honor the Opera Association confers upon members of our community, to a man who needs no introduction to Bay Area opera fans.

David began his presentation with the definition of a maven: a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge onto others, “one who understands,” based on an accumulation of knowledge.
Posted: 02/06/2015 by San Francisco Opera


Gaetano Donizetti’s beloved bel canto opera Lucia di Lammermoor returns to the War Memorial Opera House stage this October after seven years.  The new production will be directed by Michael Cavanagh and stars German soprano Diana Damrau as Lucia and Polish tenor Piotr Beczala as Edgardo.  




Posted: 02/02/2015 by San Francisco Opera


The latest crop of talented young artists from all over the world recently joined us here in San Francisco for our interationally acclaimed training program. Over the next few months, we will be profiling each one of our Adler Fellows here at "Backstage at San Francisco Opera." But first, you can get a sneak peek of the high level of talent this year's artists will bring to the main stage and throughout the Bay Area. 
Posted: 02/02/2015 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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