Weekly Virtual Events

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. During May, we focus on a cultural theme—Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In June, we celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride and representation in opera, while later programs will explore the range of human emotions in opera, and much more. 

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


Opera Aficionado is a suite of new, exciting programs designed for patrons who are passionate about opera. 


Every Sunday from 1 - 2 pm (PDT)

Starting Sunday, May 10, 2020


Zoom Webinar

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 Series. 

Subscription pricing coming soon.

Chinese Opera Styles and Its Influence

Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 1PM

Speaker: Pre-Opera Speaker Laura Prichard

Learn about traditional Chinese opera style and early 20th-century popular song forms & different American operas that were influenced by Chinese culture and style.

Exploring Chinese Culture on the Opera Stage

Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 1PM

Speaker: Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna

Learn about the development and the mounting of new operas that were influenced by the Chinese culture by taking a closer look at San Francisco Opera's productions of Dream of the Red Chamber and The Bonesetter's Daughter

Composer Highlight: Tchaikovsky

Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 1PM

Speaker: Pre-Opera Speaker Robert Hartwell

The great Russian romantic composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is best known for his Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker and is beloved for his many masterful ballets, operas, and symphonic works. Lesser known though is his story of passions and struggles as a gay man amidst a strict and orthodox imperial society.

LGBTQ+ Opera Conductors

Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 1PM

Speaker: Pre-Opera Speaker Laura Prichard

Learn about prominent LGBTQ+ opera conductors and their work, including Bernstein and Michael Tilson Thomas operatic work.

LGBTQ+ Characters in Opera

Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 1PM

Speaker: Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna

Gay opera fans are a commonplace phenomenon, as are LGBTQ people working in opera.  But what about gay characters in opera?  San Francisco Opera’s Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna will use video and audio examples to explore the hidden, hinted and overtly LGBT characters in the opera repertoire and how they have been portrayed and received, from the 17th century to the present day.  

Love Has Made Them One: Exploring the Romance of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears

Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 1PM

Speaker: Cole Thomason-Redus

Beloved British composer, Benjamin Britten, and acclaimed tenor, Peter Pears, were an artistic and romantic duo who rose to the heights of art and society in mid-twentieth-century Britain. Their open love defied the laws and norms of a strict society steeped in centuries of tradition. Explore and celebrate their love through letters, opera, and art song.



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.