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From the Blog

April 13, 2021

One Fan’s Memory of the Late Mirella Freni, Opera Superstar

Nearly a year ago, the virtuoso Italian soprano Mirella Freni passed away at age 84. In tribute to her memory, longtime San Francisco Opera Intermezzo Lounge manager Tom Taffel shares a story about the excitement that surrounded her performances—and the brief encounter he’ll cherish forever.

April 13, 2021

Greatest Fears? Guiltiest Pleasures? Three Adler Fellows Reveal All

They’re some of the most dazzling young opera performers of their generation—and they’re based right here in San Francisco.

Every year, artists from around the world travel to California to take part in the Adler Fellowship Program, a prestigious opera residency designed to showcase top emerging talent. But this year’s cohort of singers, pianists and vocal coaches face a performing-arts industry reeling from pandemic-related closures.

April 13, 2021

A Taste of Wagner: The Recipe for Muscoli Ripieni (Stuffed Mussels)

Because Richard Wagner meticulously documented most every incident in his life, we know that he began writing the music for the Ring cycle in La Spezia on the Italian Riviera in the summer of 1853. After a rough night at sea, he landed in the port of La Spezia near where fishermen brought their daily catch, and was transported to a locanda on Via del Prione 45. With his lingering seasickness and the noisy animation of the busy town, Wagner fell into a deep sleep, and he tells us, “I thought I was falling down in a whirlpool—this abyss into which I was falling—and I awakened having heard the opening chords of Das Rheingold.”


This Spring We're Singing...On Stage and Online



We hope you enjoyed experiencing Wagner's Ring cycle from the comfort of home during the month of March. If you are a Ring Festival Pa​ss holder, you may watch past Ring Festival educational events on-demand. Please click the link below to access the Ring Festival video portal.




Live Opera is Returning to the Bay Area Like You’ve Never Seen it BeforeAnd You’re Invited!
Join us as we turn a masterpiece on its head and celebrate the next generation of opera stars in a series of expertly crafted drive-in experiences.




Journey virtually into the world of opera like never before with new podcasts, passionate performances, intimate interviews, and so much more.




Standing in SOLIDARITY

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.

Black Lives Matter. San Francisco Opera commits to embodying the ideals of racial equity and social justice not just in words but in actions.

News From the Press Room

March 30, 2021

SF Opera pilots Aloha system by Elk

Real-time remote collaboration music service used for upcoming live performances. 

March 11, 2021

In Song: J'Nai Bridges now available

New digital content series, In Song, launched featuring mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges.

February 16, 2021

Spring offers return to live performances

Live drive-in performances of The Barber of Seville and Adler Fellows concerts coming in April and May.


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