San Francisco Opera Guild has sponsored student rehearsals and matinees every season since 1939. Students attend final dress rehearsals for a selection of main-stage productions -- a marvelous opportunity to watch major artists at work. Sung in the original languages with projected English-language translations and performed with full production values, these dress rehearsals provide high-level theatrical experiences and offer the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at the complexities of the rehearsal process.
As part of the program, participating schools must either schedule an OPERASPIEL introduction, participate in an Opera Guild in-school program during the academic year or have teachers receive one session of professional development to give students a deeper understanding of the opera they see.
All Student Dress Rehearsals take place at the War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Dates and times are subject to change. This program is available to grades 4-12 for groups of 10-100. Fees vary by group size. See order form for operas available and fee breakdown.
Students receive a tour of the War Memorial Opera House from a team of Opera Guild docents. In addition to facts about the attributes and impact of this major theatre, students learn about historic events, such as the signing of the United Nations Charter and the memorial service for Harvey Milk -- all part of the history of our Opera House.
Opera Guild Touring Shows
San Francisco Opera Guild is pleased to make two educational touring shows available for schools, theatres, community centers, libraries and special events!
Flute for Two (ages 4-10)
In this interactive production, a team of two costumed singers entices children with the classic tale of The Magic Flute
while also teaching them about singing technique, stage presence and character expression.
How Andy Found His Voice (ages 9-15)
By Caroline Altman
Four singers (soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone) and one pianist present a 50-minute participatory musical play that follows Andy in his journey to discover his metaphorical and physical voice. During this delightful show, students are introduced to the origins and history of opera, entertained by arias, duets, and quartets from grand opera repertoire, and participate in the chorus "Va Pensiero" from Verdi's Nabucco