Opera Blog

May 15, 2020

Bats vs. Batons: Are Opera Fans and Baseball Fans Really All That Different?

The fans are on their feet, cheering and whistling. You shout and clap along with everyone else, swept up in the sights and sounds, the rush of excitement. Are you at an opera performance or a baseball game?

May 15, 2020

The Soundtrack of Togetherness

My life is loud. Most years I spend several months in the San Francisco Opera pit and the rest of my time managing a family of four. When my boys are in school and I’m not rehearsing or practicing, I revel in the silence of an empty house.

April 14, 2020

The Glory of Being the Middle Dog

Everyone wants to be top dog. Our collective image of the “top dog” is someone who excels in a given field and who therefore reaps the rewards: the plushest bed, the meatiest bone. But succeeding at any goal requires work: You practice, question your sanity, practice more, succeed at an interim goal, rage, rage against your shortcomings, practice more and finally take an incremental step forward.

April 14, 2020

Let Opera Librarian Michael Bragg Guide You Through His Favorite Tunes

When San Francisco Opera approached its opera librarian, tenor Michael Bragg, to put together a Spotify playlist of all his favorite tunes, he came back with a marvel: a curated playlist featuring the stars of our 2020-21 season, with in-depth explanations about why each track shines.

April 14, 2020

A Page from the Past, Informing the Present

As more and more of the world is impacted by the coronavirus and the need to self-isolate, San Francisco Opera reached out to its staff for updates about what they’re doing in this time of quarantine. Composer and San Francisco Opera Orchestra double-bassist Shinji Eshima sent in this update, about how a spring cleaning led him to a curious artifact: a program-book page that connects his past and present.

April 9, 2020

From Muni to the War Memorial…Memories from an operatic childhood

It was a foggy day in San Francisco (shocking!) and I had just handed my third-grade teacher a note reminding her that I had to leave school early. I exited Jefferson Elementary School in the Sunset District and made my way to the N Judah Muni stop. I carefully reviewed my mother’s hand-drawn map to ensure the train I was about to board would take me the right way.

September 22, 2017

Then and Now: Reflections on the Ring

Assistant Marketing Manager for Subscriptions, Steven Shear, interviews longtime San Francisco Opera subscriber, Michael Strange, on his tips and tricks for attending the Ring and what he is most looking forward to experiencing in the 2018 return.

April 11, 2017

At the Stage Door with Francis

Get an inside look at the people that make SF Opera happen—no badge required. Meet Francis Crossman our Senior Video Editor. 

April 4, 2017

At the Stage Door with Lori

Get an inside look at the people that make SF Opera happen—no badge required. Meet Lori Harrison, Master of Properties.

March 29, 2017

At the Stage Door with Sheri

Get an inside look at the people that make SF Opera happen—no badge required. Meet Sheri Greenawald our Opera Center Director.

March 22, 2017

At the Stage Door with Amy

Get an inside look at the people that make SF Opera happen—no badge required. Meet Amy Garcia, our Assistant Marketing Manager for Single Tickets.

March 14, 2017

At the Stage Door with Jennifer and Roya

Get an inside look at the people that make SF Opera happen—no badge required. Meet Jennifer and Roya in our Development Department! 

March 7, 2017

At the Stage Door with Alyssa Stone

Get an inside look at the people that make SF Opera happen—no badge required. Meet Alyssa Stone, our Community Programs Manager! 

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