San Francisco Opera Celebrates Pride 2019 with June 19 Pride Night at the Opera and Upcoming San Francisco Pride Parade

Release date: 6/25/2019    


Pride 2019 Celebrations.pdf  Photos Available

San Francisco Opera launched its 2019 Pride celebrations on June 19 with Pride Night at the Opera and will join with other local arts institutions to march in the 2019 Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30. The Company celebrates and honors our LGBTQIA+ artists, staff, audience and community, and the community’s connection to opera.

With the exterior of the War Memorial Opera House glowing in rainbow colors, San Francisco Opera’s Pride Night at the Opera on June 19 offered attendees, including Rainbow Series subscribers, a pairing of Dvořák’s Rusalka with Pride celebration festivities during the intermissions. The evening began with a special pre-recorded top of show announcement by Rusalka cast member Jamie Barton welcoming everyone to Pride Night at the Opera. During the evening’s two intermissions, audience members gathered on the War Memorial Opera House balcony overlooking San Francisco City Hall to dance to beats by DJ Liam Shy and step into photobooths to participate in an “Opera is …” and “Pride is …” photo installation. Audience members enjoying a specialty cocktail could choose to donate a portion of the proceeds to one of three local LGBTQIA+ organizations and San Francisco Opera’s popular “Sing Queen” fans were given away throughout the night.

June 19 Pride Night at the Opera; far right, Michael Bragg, San Francisco Opera’s Music Planning Associate and Opera Librarian, does double duty calling supertitles and serving as Pride Night host (all photos by Drew Altizer Photography)

On June 30, San Francisco Opera takes part in the 2019 San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration, one of the oldest celebrations of LGBTQIA+ identity in the world. Last year, San Francisco Opera staff and volunteers marched alongside colleagues and partners, including the San Francisco Opera Scene Shop, BRAVO! CLUB, San Francisco Opera Guild, Merola Opera Program, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Performances, New Conservatory Theatre Center and IATSE/Local 16. This year, San Francisco Opera and other local arts groups, including SFJAZZ, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Merola Opera Program, will once again join forces to march with Pride. The June 30 Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on Market Street (beginning at the Embarcadero and culminating in Civic Center) with more than 100,000 spectators expected. For more information about the 2019 San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration, visit

*For the complete press release, please view the attached PDF.