Virtual Event Series

Grab your Sunday afternoon tea and join our weekly meetup.

Opera Aficionado is an exciting, new suite of programs designed for patrons who are passionate about opera. Aficionado provides an opportunity to learn more, dive deeper, and get an inside look at the world of opera.

As part of Opera Aficionado, our Interactive Lectures Series gives opera-goers around the world a front-row seat to scholarly talks, allowing attendees to dialogue with fellow opera lovers, experts, and special guests. Each month will be focused on a concept or theme relevant to all of us.

May 2020: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

June 2020: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride and representation in opera

July 2020: Emotions in Opera

August 2020: Social Themes in Opera, Past and Present

Due to the interactive nature of this event, attendance is limited.


Every Sunday from 1:00 - 2:15 pm (PDT)

Starting Sunday, May 10, 2020



By participating in this event, you authorize San Francisco Opera to photograph, take video footage, and/or make electronic sound recordings of you. You permit the use of any such photographic or electronic reproductions for any purpose, including but not limited to educational and public media, and understand that you may be identifiable from such electronic reproduction.


$20 for each Interactive Lecture. 

Subscription pricing coming soon.

Let Freedom Sing: Operas About Liberation

Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 1PM

Speaker: Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna

Ideas about liberty and freedom from oppression have inspired opera composers through the centuries.  San Francisco Opera’s Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna will take us on a video journey (with English subtitles) exploring the many varied ways that operas have expressed in drama and song our basic human aspirations to be free.

Politics and Social Justice in the Operas of John Adams

Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 1PM

Speaker: Pre-Opera Speaker Laura Prichard

Join us to celebrate social justice, miracles, and resurrection through the music of legendary Bay Area composer John Adams. John Adams’ choices of historical settings will inspire you to think about history in a new way. We will explore dramatic scenes from Nixon’s 1972 visit to China, a 1985 Mediterranean passenger ship hijacking, and the Manhattan Project. His characters speak to us in multiple languages, using opera to illuminate social contexts and our universal longing for justice.

Politics and Social Justice in Beethoven’s Fidelio

Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 1PM

Speaker: Pre-Opera Speaker Robert Hartwell

Beethoven’s Fidelio occupies a special place in the operatic repertoire. His only opera, it houses some of his greatest music and his loftiest ideals. And as is often the case with Beethoven, its seemingly Edenic surface masks a more tangled complex of ambivalent or contradictory impulses.  Nonetheless, Fidelio is Beethoven’s musical manifesto, a celebration of political and social justice that carries a particular resonance in today’s America.  


Black Voices in Contemporary Opera

Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 1PM


Opera Librarian Michael Bragg

Composer Nkeiru Okoye

Panel Event: Women in Opera

Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 1PM


Aria Umezawa, Stage Director and former Adler Fellow (Host)

Lori Harrison, Master of Properties, SF Opera

Nkeiru OkoyeComposer

Nicole PaiementArtistic Director and Conductor, Opera Parallèle

Christina Scheppelmann, General Director, Seattle Opera



Want to know more about that specific production you love? Want to hear from your favorite artist? Let us know what topics and contents you want to see as part of the Opera Aficionado program.