Release date: 10/19/2012

San Francisco Opera Hosts Free Community Open House Celebrating 90th Season

Saturday, November 10, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House

Featuring Events for All Ages: Onstage Musical and Technical Demonstrations; Family Activities Including Prop-Making, Screenings of Carmen for Families-The Movie!; And More

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San Francisco Opera hosts a Community Open House at the War Memorial Opera House on Saturday, November 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Celebrating the Company’s 90th Season, the Open House is free to the public and features events and activities for all ages.
This special community event is structured for individuals and families who have a curiosity about opera and are interested in learning more about the world of opera and stage production, and for anyone who wants to have an up-close opportunity to experience this grand art form deconstructed.  The Community Open House also provides an opportunity to explore the historic War Memorial Opera House, home of the San Francisco Opera, which opened 80 years ago on October 15, 1932 with a performance of Puccini’s Tosca
Open House activities include onstage technical and musical demonstrations throughout the day showcasing aspects of the Company’s fall season productions of Puccini’s Tosca and Wagner’s Lohengrin.  Musical presentations at 11:35 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. will feature music from Tosca and Lohengrin with San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus, soprano Melody Moore, and tenor Brian Jagde—who stars in the role of Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca.  Technical demonstrations at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. will highlight set-building and lighting elements of the Tosca production.  Family activities in the opera house lobbies will include prop-making, a scavenger hunt and two screenings with a live introduction of Carmen for Families—The Movie! at 11 a.m. and 1:05 p.m.  Exhibits including costume displays and musical performances by three San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows will also be featured.  Attendees can also enter to win an exclusive backstage tour on the day of the Open House. 
“As we celebrate San Francisco Opera’s 90th Season, we invite everyone to the historic War Memorial Opera House for our free Community Open House,” said San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley.  “This anniversary is a testament to the extraordinary talents of all of the artists and individuals onstage and behind the scenes who have contributed to this Company’s storied history, as well as a testament to this community’s passion and support for the operatic art form.  Please join us as we showcase the many facets of this great opera company and this beautiful opera house.” 
San Francisco Opera’s November 10 Community Open House is free and open to the public.  Tickets are not required, however registering online at will enter you in a random drawing to win four tickets to San Francisco Opera’s The Secret Garden, the world-premiere family opera co-presented with Cal Performances in March 2013.
War Memorial Opera House food and refreshment concessions, as well as the San Francisco Opera Shop, will be open.  For more information, visit or call San Francisco Opera at (415) 864-3330.
The War Memorial Opera House is located at 301 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street in San Francisco.  Patrons are encouraged to use public transportation to attend San Francisco Opera events.  The War Memorial Opera House is within walking distance of the Civic Center BART station and near numerous bus lines, including 5, 21, 47, 49 and the F Market Street.  For more public transportation information, visit and