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Discover Opera

Opera is drama or comedy told in music through powerful, unamplified voices. Opera combines all the art forms—vocal and instrumental music, theater, drama, visual art and often dance—into one complete theatrical experience.

View the 2016–17 Season Trailer

Learn more about our upcoming season.

Grand Opera Cinema Series

Experience our productions in a theater near you!

Opera Basics

New to opera or need a refresher? Start here.

Education Programs

Explore educational opportunities for all ages.


Programs for students and teachers grades K12.


Workshops and events for families, youth and the community.


Lectures, workshops and in-depth programs for adults and universities.

Performance Enhancers

Expand your understanding and enjoyment of this season’s productions.

Opera Previews

Lively lectures around the Bay Area led by opera experts.

Insight Panels

Discussions with artists and artistic teams from the world of opera.

Pre-Opera Talks

Enjoy a brief overview of an opera's story, music and more before every performance.

Tour The Opera House

Discover the magic that goes into creating an opera production! Visit our backstage while guided by a trained San Francisco Opera Guild volunteer docent.

Reserve your spot today


2016–17 season

Andrea Chénier

September 9–30, 2016

Dream of the Red Chamber

September 10–29, 2016

Don Pasquale

September 28–October 15, 2016

The Makropulos Case

October 14–29, 2016


November 5–December 6, 2016

Madame Butterfly

November 6–December 4, 2016

Don Giovanni

June 4–30, 2017

La Bohème

June 10–July 2, 2017


Through myth we find humanity. From the birth of nature to the fall of the gods and the dawn of a new age, the most monumental work of art ever created returns.

Enter the Ring