On July 5, 26,000 opera fans gathered at AT&T Park to watch our eighth live simulcast: La Traviata. While tweeting during performances is discouraged in the Opera House, at the Ballpark, anything goes. 






Posted: 07/25/2014 by San Francisco Opera


Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu knows a thing or two about Alfredo Germont—the dashing young man who falls in love with, is heart-broken by, reconnects with, and ultimately loses the love of his life. He has performed La Traviata around the world at many of the most important opera houses and opposite some of opera's most saught-after leading ladies as the fickle, beautiful and terminally ill courtesan Violetta. He returns to San Francisco Opera to perform the role with Nicole Cabell as Violetta and Vladamir Stoyanov as Giorgio Germont. What has Saimir learned from his many portrayals of Alfredo? We asked him 5 questions to find out.
Posted: 06/10/2014 by Saimir Pirgu (Alfredo, La Traviata)


How would you feel if someone asked you to make a generous annual donation to the Opera, and in addition, they asked you to volunteer to serve coffee and snacks to artists and stagehands in the canteen on performance nights?  Or what about if you were asked to open up a spare room or two in your home as lodging for a young artist or two? Or six?  Or seven?

And what if one of these young artists was suffering from the flu, and you were asked to serve her chicken soup and Gatorade until she was recovered enough to sing on the opera house main stage – let’s say something simple, like Lìu in Turandot?  And let’s say you did all these things, and on top of it, you provided sponsorship support every year for an Adler Fellow; you remembered the Opera in your estate plans by establishing a charitable remainder trust; you encouraged everyone you met to support the Opera in any way they could; and you did all of these things in loving memory and in the name of your cherished late wife?
 
Posted: 02/04/2014 by San Francisco Opera


Tomorrow evening our phenomenally talented Adler Fellows will perform in their annual The Future is Now: Adler Gala Concert. Founded in 1977 as the San Francisco Affiliate Artists-Opera Program, Adler Fellowships are performance-oriented residencies for the most advanced young singers and coach/accompanists. Under the guidance of San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley and Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald, the Adler Fellowship Program offers intensive individual training and roles of increasing importance in San Francisco Opera's main-stage season.

As the year draws to a close for our Adlers, we want to take a moment to highlight some of their key roles in 2013. The Adler Fellows truly are the rising stars of opera, and you can say “You saw them here first!”

Posted: 11/25/2013 by San Francisco Opera


It’s 6:54 pm and I’m warming up for the opening night of Falstaff; although not in the way one might imagine, scales and such. Instead, I’m doing lunges, hamstring stretches and sun salutations. Just as my muscles are loosening up comes a knock at the door from my (wonderful) makeup artist and the gears of the show begin to move. Soon “Places!” is called and I do one last stretch before I climb into my costume. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that Falstaff is an athletic event.

Posted: 10/11/2013 by Renée Rapier, mezzo-soprano


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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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