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diversity, equity and community

San Francisco Opera’s Department of Diversity, Equity and Community (DEC) envisions a vibrant arts world in which people of all races create, share and enjoy resources and relationships equitably, unleashing individual potential, embracing collective responsibility and generating global prosperity in the arts and beyond.

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We are offering new virtual programming for families, educators, and artists.

Education Programs

Education Programs


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The Power of Live Opera

Soaring music. Backstage stories. Artist Interviews. And now...livestreaming

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Backstage at the Opera

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Stream opera in an hour movies

Spending extra time with your kids at home? Stream one-hour versions of classic family-friendly operas in the comfort of your home.

Also available are our online resources including lesson plans, fun exercises, and readings to keep your kids' minds filled with opera, stories, and arts!

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From the Blog

December 16, 2021

From Child Pianist to Chorus Director, John Keene Traces His Passion for Music

In a widely circulated recording of that fateful 1975 performance, an insistent cough echoes out from the audience. It hacks. It hawks. It sniffles and snorts, gasping forward, defying suppression. Its impudence demanded justice. And so a knight stepped forward.

December 10, 2021

In Memoriam 2021

As a multifaceted synthesis of music, theater, visual art, stagecraft, and boundless creative inspiration, opera is by its very nature a deeply collaborative art form. The magic on stage and in the pit would not be possible without the community of individuals on both sides of the curtain who care deeply for the art and work together to make it a reality.

December 9, 2021

Backstage with Matthew: Rediscovering Opera

As the world reemerges from silence, we are finding opera as though for the first time. The crashing chords that open Tosca filled us with dread and foreboding as though we’d never heard them before.

See more on the San Francisco Opera Blog.

Explore The Archive

Our complete history of operas, casts, production teams and performance details—dating back to 1923—at your fingertips.

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