Be Part of our Rich Tradition of Not-to-be Missed Events!

San Francisco Opera Guild hosts among the most engaging events in the Bay Area. From the glitz and glamour of our prestigious Opera Ball to our thought-provoking lectures, your attendance supports the Guild’s education programs and gives voice to potential. Funds earned at our events underwrite our innovative Opera in school programs that reach more than 50,000 students in nearly 200 Bay Area schools.

Upcoming Guild Social Events

Opera Ball 2015 - Eleventh of September


Upcoming Guild Chapter Events

Join us at our Chapter events throughout the Bay Area!  Check back often for added events.

East Bay Chapter Summer Potluck Garden Party - August 1, 2015

Opera Guild Opera Previews

Learn more about each opera's composer and librettist and historical and musical context at one of Guild's special preview lectures.  These 90-minute sessions feature noted musicologists, composeers, librettists, and singers and are sponsored by the Bay Area's Opera Guild Chapters (East Bay, Marin, Peninsula, San Francisco and Sonoma) and the San Jose Opera Guild.  Each session is illustrated by audio and visual examples and includes a question-and-answer and discussion period. Learn more here.


Backstage Tours of the War Memorial Opera House

Discover the magic that goes into creating an opera production! Visit backstage, guided by a trained San Francisco Opera Guild volunteer docent.  During a 75-minute tour, you will visit the prompter's box, dressing rooms, wardrobe, and wig and makeup department in addition to other areas as available. Your guide will enchant you with insights about the architecture, colorful history and little-known facts about past performances.  Advance reservations are required. 


2015 Summer Season Tour Dates and Times
Saturday, June 6: 1, 1:30, and 2pm
Friday, June 12: 11:30am, 12pm, and 12:30pm
Saturday, June 20: 1pm, 1:30pm, and 2pm
Thursday, June 25: 11:30am, 12pm, and 12:30pm
Wednesday, July 1: 11:30am, 12pm, and 12:30pm
(415) 551-6353

For group tours contact Lynn Watson at

During the Off-Season:

Tours of the War Memorial Opera House and Davies Symphony Hall are held on Mondays except for holidays, every hour on the hour from 10 AM until 2 PM. General admission is $7 per person and $5 for students and seniors. They leave from the box office area of Davies on Grove Street. Reservations are not required.



Check out past Opera Guild events

Gorgeous gowns, terrific tuxedos… Opera Ball 2013The Garden of Good and Evil was an enchanting and unforgettable night. View coverage from the Nob Hill Gazette and the SF Chronicle. Additional photos by Drew Altizer here, here, and here.
View photos from Opera Ball pre-parties here and here.
Fashion, opera, and fundraising... the Opera Guild's Spring 2013 event The Art of Fashion: Jason Wu was covered by the Chronicle. Additional photos here, here, and here.

Become a volunteer today!

Call us at 415-565-6433 or download the Volunteer Application and mail it to:

San Francisco Opera Guild

War Memorial Opera House

301 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102