In order to bring students to dress rehearsals, teachers must attend the professional development session associated with their chosen opera. At the professional development session you will learn about the opera, hear a live performance of selections from the opera, explore education materials provided by San Francisco Opera, and brainstorm ideas for connecting the work to your curriculum.
For more information call or e-mail San Francisco Opera Education at 415-551-6296 or
To submit an online application form for the Professional Development and Dress Rehearsal Program, click here.
To download a PDF application for the Professional Development and Dress Rehearsal Program, click here.
What Should I Wear?
In traditional opera house settings, most of the audience members get dressed up for the performance as it is usually at night, and a social event as well as an artistic experience. You can dress up as much as you like. Think of this as a special occasion, and dress in clothes that make you feel good about yourself.
In order for everyone in the audience to fully enjoy the performance, it is necessary to have some basic rules. In general, our student audiences are very well behaved, and everyone enjoys having them at opera performances. However, there are some basic reminders everyone needs to keep in mind.
Remember that you are seeing a WORKING REHEARSAL. That means the people on stage, in the orchestra, behind the scenes and working on the floor of the orchestra are trying to get some beautiful, but definitely serious work done.
Remember that the REHEARSAL IS LIVE. This is not a movie or a T.V. show. EVERYTHING YOU DO in the audience affects what happens on stage, in the orchestra, behind the scenes and at the control desks.
Remember that YOU are a part of the rehearsal process. Help us out with your full concentration and we will have a fabulous rehearsal!
* Do not bring outside food, drinks or gum into the theater.
* Cameras and tape recorders are great before and after in the lobby or outside but not during the performance and never in the auditorium.
* Take your seats promptly upon arrival and at the end of the intermission.
* Please use the restrooms closest to your seats.
* Talking is for before and after the performance, and for intermission only. Silence in the house is necessary for the singers, orchestra and the rest of the audience to enjoy the show.
* Keep all objects to yourself. If you throw something, you might hurt someone and cause a disruption in the performance. It is grounds for removal from the auditorium.
* During the performance, restrooms are for emergencies only. If you leave during the performance, you must be accompanied by a chaperone.
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High School Night, Norma, October 19th, 2005
"I really want to thank you for making this trip a success. Without your help, I would not be exposed to a whole new aspect of acting. I now know how fun and interesting the opera is." -Terence Li 10th Grade, Mission High
"I had a great time going to the opera and I can’t wait to go again. It was an excellent experience, my mind is more open to different kinds of music. I recommend that people, especially youth should go to the opera and experience listening to different music." - Student, Mission High
"My experience at the opera was a very good one. I thought that it would be boring to go with my class to watch someone scream their head off, but it was great. I want to go to the next one." - Dashawn Washington, Mission High
"My experience at the opera was very good. It was my first opera and I enjoyed it a lot. It was very good and suspenseful, it had you on the edge of your seat." - Antinique Montgomery, Mission High
Support for Student Dress Rehearsals provided by:
Program support for the 2012-13 San Francisco Opera Education Department’s school programs has been provided by the Bank of American Foundation, Columbia Foundation, Robert and Laura Cory, Gap Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the Kimball Foundation, the Michelson Family Foundation, UBS, Union Bank, Wells Fargo, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.