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5 Things to Know About Opera

#5 Opera is casual, glamorous and sometimes a little of both.
There’s no dress code at San Francisco Opera. Ties and tweeds, diamonds and dungarees—dress in what makes you feel comfortable and leave the pressure of costume design to us.

#4 Opera is timeless.
Opera is as alive today as it was hundreds of years ago.

Opera isn’t all horned helmets. Opera is love, life and loyalty. It’s family struggles and romantic comedies. It’s emotional explosions and critiques of society, politics and human behavior.

We have commissioned many new operas, including John Adams’ Dr. Atomic, which explores the creation of the atomic bomb; Heart of a Soldier, the true story of a Vietnam War veteran who risks everything on 9/11; and The Bonesetter’s Daughter, based on Amy Tan’s much-loved novel of the same name.

#3 Opera is for everyone.
With opera there’s always something to feast your eyes and ears on, whatever your age. Plus, you’ll never have trouble understanding the story and drama, since all performances have English supertitles projected above the stage.

#2 Opera tickets will not break the bank.
Balcony seats start at $26 and they come with their own set of perks:

  • Great sound. The balcony has some of the best acoustics in the house.
  • OperaVision. At three performances per opera, the balcony has drop-down screens that show close-ups of all the action as it unfolds on stage.

Rush Tickets—discounted tickets for students, seniors and military—and $10 standing room only tickets are two more ways to see great opera for less. Even better, if you plan on seeing more than two operas, look into a subscription package. Subscribing is less expensive than purchasing individual tickets, and includes local deals, discounts and added savings on additional ticket purchases.

#1 Opera is for you.
You’ve heard opera in films, television shows, commercials and throughout pop culture. There’s a reason it’s everywhere. It’s infectious, it’s fulfilling and it brings with it a power no other art form can deliver. If you haven’t already done so, we hope you’ll give opera a try.