Our dear friend Placido Domingo recently celebrated his 74th birthday. In celebration of his birthday, we thought we’d share this special video of the brilliant tenor performing one of his signature arias, “Quando le sere al placido.” In this show-stopping aria, Rodolfo has received a letter from Luisa saying that she never loved him. He is crushed and reminisces about the happy times they had together.



Posted: 01/22/2015 by San Francisco Opera


Looking for a way to get your San Francisco Opera fix during the off season? Head to the Sundance Kabuki Theater for our Grand Opera Cinema Series and enjoy some of your favorite San Francisco Opera Productions with a side of popcorn. January through March we are bringing main stage SFO productions to the Kabuki screens.  And, in true War Memorial Opera House fashion, the 10:00am screenings will include a pre-opera talk at 9:30am. These talks will give you the opportunity to dive into the history, characters, and music of each opera with San Francisco Opera Dramaturg, Kip Cranna.
Posted: 01/20/2015 by San Francisco Opera


Our legendary 1977 production of Turandot—marking the role debuts of Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé and Leona Mitchell, as well as the American debut of Maestro Riccardo Chailly (at only 24 years of age)—will air on Classical KDFC, Sunday, December 7, at 8pm! To celebrate this milestone broadcast, we provide you Five Interesting Facts about Turandot. Enjoy!



Posted: 12/05/2014 by San Francisco Opera


In celebration of Giving Tuesday, we feature an interview with San Francisco Opera contributor and subscriber Frances Reid, who has been attending performances at the War Memorial Opera House since 2006.





Posted: 12/02/2014 by Frances Reid (San Francisco Opera Contributor)


Opera is an art form that has somehow managed to convince new generations that they won’t like it – without ever seeing it! We Opera-Lovers know that there is nothing like a live performance to wake people up from this unfortunate illusion. That is why programming like what the San Francisco Opera Education and San Francisco Opera Guild departments offer are so important. When students from Live Oak High School in Live Oak, CA travelled the 135 miles in a charter bus to our annual Madeleine H. Russell High School Night at the Opera featuring Rossini’s Cinderella, they were awakened by the music, sets, and ambience of our stunning opera house. Below are some testimonials from those very students whose expectations about opera were changed in wonderful ways.
Posted: 12/01/2014 by Live Oak High School Choir & Band Students


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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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