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Update regarding COVID-19: Delve into the power of opera. We are offering new virtual programming for families, educators, and artists. Please check back regularly for updates!

Education Programs

Education Programs

Explore vibrant programming for schools, family and the community.

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Opera Is On

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

Backstage at the Opera

Backstage at the Opera

Read our blog to get a behind-the-scenes look.

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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.

Join us on this exciting journey.


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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!


From the Blog

September 1, 2021

Finding Home with Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen

At the time, Rachel Willis-Sørensen wasn’t even sure she needed vocal lessons. She was a teenager, and singing had been her entire life, ever since she was five years old. She had done jazz, choir, every school musical she could. What could a voice lesson possibly teach her that she didn’t already know?

September 1, 2021

Embracing ‘Tosca,’ Soprano Ailyn Pérez Embraces Contradiction

You might think it would be easy for an opera singer to play another opera singer on stage. But not so for Chicago-born soprano Ailyn Pérez. She had seen the Giacomo Puccini opera Tosca several times early in her career, but the overall effect left her cold. The performances were too melodramatic, too over-the-top.

August 4, 2021

Backstage with Matthew: A Glorious Reawakening

In just two weeks, we will raise the gold curtain of the War Memorial Opera House on an opera for the first time in over 20 months. It is going to feel extraordinary.

See more on the San Francisco Opera Blog.

Opera Basics

New to opera or need a refresher? Start here.

Explore The Archive

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

Visit our Performance Archive