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

In 2014, San Francisco Opera Guild is celebrating its 75th Anniversary! Stay tuned for all the details of our upcoming special events.

Opera Ball - Friday, September 5th, 2014

Upcoming Guild Education Events

To mark San Francisco Opera Guild’s 75th year of “Giving Voice to Potential” through opera education programs, the Guild will showcase two of its signature programs, Sing a Story and Opera à la Carte, with free public performances for families over two weekends in November 2014.

75th Anniversary Celebration Information

Upcoming Guild Chapter Events

Join us at our Chapter events throughout the Bay Area!  Check back often for added events.
East Bay Chapter Adler Fellow Concert - Saturday, October 25, 2014

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.

Tickets for Opera House Tours - Reserve Your Spot Today!

 Fall 2014 Tour Schedule


Wednesday, September 24 (11am, 11:30am and 12 noon)

Saturday, September 27 (2 pm and 2:30pm)

Thursday, October 2 (11am, 11:30am and 12 noon)

Wednesday, October 8 (11am, 11:30am and 12 noon)

Saturday, October 25 (2pm and 2:30pm)

Saturday, November 1 (12:30pm, 1pm and 1:30 pm)

Thursday, November 6 (11am, 11:30am and 12 noon)

Thursday, November 13 (11am, 11:30am and 12 noon)

Wednesday, November 19 (11am, 11:30am and 12 noon)


Tickets: $20 General Admission
*$15 San Francisco Opera members
*Complimentary for San Francisco Opera Supporting Patron ($750) members and above

Entrance for tours is on the Grove Street side of the War Memorial Opera House, near the taxi ramp.
(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