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From the Blog

May 27, 2021

He Was Backstage. She Was Front of House. It Was a Match Made in Opera.

Maybe you’ve seen her: the commanding presence patrolling the lobby of the War Memorial Opera House, curly hair and eyes smiling behind a pair of glasses.

May 26, 2021

A First Date at the Opera Leads to a Lifetime of Love for Tom Taffel and Bill Repp

The night Bill Repp first clapped eyes on Tom Taffel, he was sporting a huge 19-inch incision on his leg, held together with steel sutures. Repp couldn’t help but notice the strips of adhesive tape, the fresh stitches. What was this man doing out of bed, much less spending a night on the town in 1970s San Francisco?

May 26, 2021

For Opera Stars Beth Clayton and Patricia Racette, It’s All About the ‘Zing’

Normally, life is nonstop for Grammy-winning soprano Patricia Racette and her wife, mezzo-soprano and mental wellness performance coach Beth Clayton. Jetting around the world is just what they do.



Standing in SOLIDARITY

San Francisco Opera releases its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement on Anniversary of the Death of George Floyd.

The recent escalation in acts of violence and mistreatment of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities is deeply disturbing. San Francisco Opera stands against all anti-Asian bias and discrimination.

Opera Basics

New to opera or need a refresher? Start here.



News From the Press Room

June 4, 2021

Free opera streams continue in July

Jenůfa (July 10–11); Les Troyens (July 17–18); Elektra (July 24–25); Luisa Miller (July 31–August 1)

May 27, 2021

In Song: Pene Pati now available

Portrait of tenor Pene Pati, filmed on location in New Zealand, is second release of In Song series.

April 22, 2021

North Stage Door podcast available now

First episode includes stories about The Barber of Seville and SF Opera's return to live performance.


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