Release date: 6/18/2014

San Francisco Opera to Participate in
San Francisco Pride Parade, Sunday, June 29, 2014

San Francisco Opera is pleased to once again join with the city of San Francisco for the annual Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Parade on Sunday, June 29, 2014. A contingent of San Francisco Opera staff and volunteers will set off from the parade route launch at Market and Beale Streets at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude at Civic Center Plaza (Market and 8th streets). San Francisco is proud to join with many of the City’s leading businesses, nonprofit organizations, civic and cultural leaders and residents for this unique one-of-a kind celebration. For more information about SF Pride 2014: Color Our World With Pride visit sfpride.org.
 
An open air car will lead six San Francisco Opera supernumeraries dressed as Giacomo Puccini’s famed heroine Floria Tosca and Baron Scarpia’s evil henchmen. Puccini’s Tosca is one of the Company’s most performed works and remains a popular and beloved staple of the operatic repertoire. San Francisco Opera will present five performances of Tosca in October/November 2014. For more information visit sfopera.com/tosca.
 
Throughout the Company’s 92-year history, San Francisco Opera has proudly participated in countless community events that celebrate the cultural diversity of the Bay Area. San Francisco Opera has previously participated in numerous SF Pride celebrations, most recently in 2007 when a group of singers from the Company’s prestigious Adler Fellowship Program performed on the main stage at Civic Center Plaza.
 
One of the many ways San Francisco Opera engages with the LGBT community in San Francisco is through its Rainbow Series subscription packages. The Rainbow Series provides patrons in the LGBT community with an opportunity to see world class opera and meet new opera-loving friends at the same time. Rainbow subscribers enjoy special pre-performance receptions before select performances as a part of San Francisco Opera’s effort to present opera not only as an art form but also as a social and community celebration. For more information visit sfopera.com/rainbow.
 
San Francisco Opera celebrated its commitment to the LGBT community and civil rights in 1996 when the Company presented West Coast premiere of composer Stewart Wallace and librettist Michael Korie’s opera Harvey Milk. Chronicling the life and assassination of gay activist and politician and California’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk was commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera and San Francisco Opera during the time that SF Opera General Director David Gockley was leading Houston Grand Opera. The San Francisco production was later recorded at Davies Symphony Hall and released on Teldec Records.
 
San Francisco Opera is proud to continue its support of the accomplishments and diversity of our city’s flourishing LGBT community.