We here at San Francisco Opera are over the moon that our production of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess will be shown nationwide this Friday, October 17, at 9pm as part of PBS’s Fall Arts Festival. Porgy and Bess has a special connection to our Company, as General Director David Gockley is responsible for mounting the first major operatic production of Porgy and Bess at Houston Grand Opera (HGO) in 1976. Their production was a smash hit and it next went to Broadway, earning him and HGO a Tony award (in fact, Gockley is one shy of an EGOT!)
Posted: 10/10/2014 by San Francisco Opera


This past Saturday marked the opening of A Masked Ball, whose plot hinges on a very ominous fortune teller's warning. In today's world of readily available information (Google, anyone?) and healthy skepticism, fortunes may have lost the sense of mystery they once held, which means it's just the right time to ponder our top five narratives that are driven by a fortune.



Posted: 10/06/2014 by San Francisco Opera


On October 1, a select group gathered in Box N of the War Memorial Opera House to live tweet the final dress rehearsal of Verdi’s A Masked Ball. One attendee was seeing her first opera, while others were knowledgeable fans, and it seems that the Verdi classic appealed to them all in different ways.

Tweets included comments on plot twists, costumes and life lessons; here’s just a small selection of the reactions sent via hashtag #MaskedBallSF:


Posted: 10/03/2014 by San Francisco Opera


A look back at the outstanding past performances of the stars of Partenope. All but one of the stars of San Francisco Opera's Partenope are returning to the War Memorial Opera House stage. We welcome countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo who will make his San Francisco Opera debut as Armindo, as well as the return of Danielle de Niese (The Marriage of Figaro, 2010), Daniela Mack (The Barber of Seville, 2013), David Daniels (Xerxes, 2011), Alek Shrader (The Barber of Seville, 2013), and Philippe Sly (Cosi fan tutte, 2013). We've selected highlights of each artist from their past San Francisco Opera performances and posted them here for your enjoyment!
Posted: 10/01/2014 by San Francisco Opera


After a wildly successful role debut of Adalgisa at the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 2013, Jamie Barton returns to the role this fall in our season opening production of Norma. Her San Francisco Opera debut has been similarly successful leaving critics raving that her performance was “a magnificent Company debut with gleaming vocal tone and emotional urgency” (San Francisco Chronicle). All successes aside, Barton’s charming personality shined in a brief interview excerpted below. Enjoy!

Posted: 09/16/2014 by Jamie Barton (Adalgisa, Norma)


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