In the summer of 2007, San Francisco Opera introduced OperaVision, an innovative way to give balcony audiences a better view of the stage. OperaVision screens, hung from the ceiling of the balcony section, provide close-up and mid-range ensemble shots in HD video. Supertitles are shown at the bottom of each screen.

We present OperaVision for at least three performances of each opera production. OperaVision is available to latecomers on HD monitors in lounge areas of the Lower Lobby and the North Box Bar.

OperaVision performances are marked throughout our website with a small starburst by the selected performance dates.

"The impact of the screens was absolutely amazing and transformative for me…I could enjoy the scale of the performance as I always do, and really hear the voices…but for the first time from that great distance I could actually see the acting." 

        –Audience member in the Balcony section

2015–16 Season OperaVision Dates

Luisa Miller September 19, 7:30pm
September 22, 7:30pm
September 25, 7:30pm
September 27, 2:00pm
Sweeney Todd September 15, 7:30pm
September 18, 7:30pm
September 20, 2:00pm
September 23, 7:30pm
Lucia di Lammermoor October 8, 7:30pm
October 11, 2:00pm
October 16, 7:30pm
October 21, 7:30pm
The Magic Flute October 25, 2:00pm
October 27, 7:30pm
November 4, 7:30pm
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg November 27, 6:00pm
December 2, 6:00pm
December 6, 1:00pm
The Barber of Seville November 25, 7:30pm
November 29, 2:00pm
December 1, 7:30pm
December 9, 7:30pm
The Fall of the House of Usher December 10, 7:30pm
December 11, 7:30pm
December 13, 2:00pm
Carmen May 29, 2:00pm
June 17, 7:30pm
June 23, 7:30pm
July 3, 2:00pm
Don Carlo June 12, 1:00pm
June 15, 7:00pm
June 24, 7:00pm
Jenůfa June 19, 2:00pm
June 22, 7:30pm
June 25, 7:30pm
June 28, 7:30pm

OperaVision is made possible by the Koret-Taube Media Suite.

Note: If you are a Balcony ticketholder and would prefer not to see OperaVision, we will do everything we can to accommodate you. Contact the Box Office to exchange your tickets for another date that does not feature OperaVision, or to discuss possible re-seating in another section at your scheduled performance (subject to availability). All fees will be waived for these transactions.

For questions and exchanges, contact the Opera Box Office.

Photo: Cory Weaver

Box Office

301 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 864-3330

Box Office Hours:
Mon 10am–5pm
Tue–Sat 10am–6pm