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

When the season at San Francisco Opera is in full swing, audiences have the opportunity to experience three or four completely different productions in a matter of days. In order to make that possible, a crew of more than fifty stagehands works tirelessly behind the scenes, in a role that is vital to the success of each performance but is largely hidden from the audience’s eyes. 

Posted: 11/25/2014 by Niels Swinkels

“I tried to quit opera many times,” René Barbera candidly admits. “But each time I got pulled back in.” It’s a good thing too. Not yet thirty years old, the Texas native is already singing leading roles at Paris Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera and now San Francisco Opera. In the current season, Bay Area audiences get to see him not once but twice.

Posted: 11/21/2014 by René Barbera (Don Ramiro, Cinderella)

On Tuesday, November 18, there will be a special "String Serenade" in the lobby of the War Memorial Opera House before the performance of Rossini's Cinderella! Craig Reiss, violin; Mariya Borozina violin; Joy Fellows, viola and Thalia Moore, cello, will be performing contemporaneous works from Beethoven and Cherubini. Craig Reiss gave us a little insight into the formation of this group and the musical selections. Enjoy!

Posted: 11/17/2014 by Craig Reiss (Orchestra, 2nd Violin)

Trixie - who made her San Francisco Opera debut on Sunday - gave us her thoughts on performing on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House. Apart from a little rain and thunder, this doggie diva is a natural born star!

Posted: 11/10/2014 by Trixie (Cinderella, Dog)

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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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