A Message of Solidarity


Events across the nation have laid bare the systemic acts of hatred and violence perpetrated against Black people in our communities, leaving us in the Opera family feeling outrage, anger, hurt, and sorrow. We want to express our grief and sympathy for the family of George Floyd, and all those families directly and indirectly impacted by these all-too-frequent tragic events, and we acknowledge the fear that so many people in our communities are feeling.

As a company, we lift our voices in solidarity with those working to create a more just and equitable society, and we, too, must do our part.

We acknowledge we have much to learn about how to combat institutionalized racial injustice. We are on a conscientious learning path to better understand how we can move past systems that undermine opportunities for people of color in our art form. We must find better ways to include and empower diverse perspectives on our stage and throughout the Company. We are learning from our past and we are committed to doing better. This is the context that led to the creation of our Department of Diversity, Equity, and Community last year, and to our aspiration and promise to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.

San Francisco Opera is re-committing to the values and the potential exemplified in our strategic framework. We will continue to include, empower, and grow diverse perspectives on our stage and throughout the Company; we pledge to continue training staff members in the principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and holding community conversations about inequality in our artform; and we will remain vigilant in the work of our Department of Diversity, Equity, and Community.

As a Company, we are holding space to process, listen, and grieve together. We ask you to join us in reflecting, learning, and listening. If you need a place to start, we recommend this article from KQED.

We promise to remain in touch about our next steps in our commitment to push forward this critical work. We believe earnestly in the importance of fostering a compassionate community connection, and we must live up to our values and our potential, as we work to become a more equitable company.

In support and solidarity,

Matthew Shilvock
Tad and Dianne Taube General Director

Charles Chip Mc Neal
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Community