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

On Saturday, July 5, a crowd of 26,000 opera fans and first-timers flocked to San Francisco Opera's eighth live simulcast at AT&T Park for a free evening of Verdi's La Traviata. The performances, which also entertained an audience of 2,600 at the War Memorial Opera House three miles across town, starred husband-and-wife team Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello as the ill-fated lovers Violetta Valery and Alfredo Germont, and baritone Quinn Kelsey as Giorgio Germont. The performance also featured the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi. A diverse audience of all ages ranging from opera newbies to long-time opera aficionados came together to share a one-of-a-kind evening of fun, food and world class opera.
Posted: 07/11/2014 by San Francisco Opera

On Saturday, November 9, we hosted our 2nd free Community Open House, featuring fun events and activities for all ages. It's such a joy to open the doors of the beautiful War Memorial Opera House to droves of people who may have never even been inside before. The 2013 Open House included many diverse presentations and opportunities to connect with opera in new ways, including onstage musical demonstrations; sing-alongs with the San Francisco Opera Chorus and San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows; stage combat workshops; costume, wig and makeup demonstrations; a costume photo booth; an opportunity to meet San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley; and family activities throughout the opera house lobbies including a scavenger hunt, prop-making, costume crafts, and more, with workshops designed for both adults and families. 
Posted: 11/18/2013 by San Francisco Opera

On Friday, May 17 the San Francisco Opera Orchestra along with Music Director Nicola Luisotti will cross the twinkling Bay Bridge for a rare concert at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. The program includes music by Puccini and Brahams, and a Piano Concerto by Italian composer Nino Rota, performed by Giuseppe Albanese.
Posted: 04/17/2013 by San Francisco Opera

Calendar 2013 will be a record year in San Francisco Opera history, with three—count’em—THREE world premieres of brand new operas happening in a seven month period! Our new work for families, The Secret Garden, opens in March at Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley, followed smartly by our two new main-stage works, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene in June and Dolores Claiborne in September. My job as Director of Music Administration carries with it the privilege (and sometimes the headache) of nudging these commission projects along from initial conception to opening night. So far I’ve been involved with 14 new commissions (not counting the several that never quite made it all the way), and each project has had its unique challenges. 
Posted: 01/22/2013 by Kip Cranna, Director of Music Administration

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