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Education Programs

Education Programs

Explore vibrant programming for schools, family and the community.

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Picking the Right Opera

Check out our recommendations for the upcoming season.

Backstage at the Opera

Backstage at the Opera

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

aria residency

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Work together with a SF Opera Teaching Artist to develop a customized curriculum around an artistic or creative element of opera.

Elements may include: writing, composing, vocal performance, acting, dancing/movement, set design, stage direction and opera history.

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From the Blog

August 15, 2019

Backstage with Matthew: A House Built for the Ages

On October 11th we will raise the curtain on a brand-new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, beginning an exciting three-season journey through the operas Mozart wrote with the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. In a unique approach, The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni will be produced on a shared set, but a set that evolves through time.

July 25, 2019

Backstage with Matthew: Emerging from the Depths

As I reflect back on our 2018-19 season, I am so grateful for the amazing artistic journeys that we went on together this past year. One of the most deeply impactful for so many of us was Rusalka and I wanted to close out the summer with another glimpse of one of the many elements that came together so perfectly in this glorious production. Back in May we explored the crafts of Rusalka. This time we descend into the watery depths to explore the elevators that allowed characters to emerge so effortlessly through the water.

July 24, 2019

Jake Heggie debuts new work with Merola Opera Program

He’s a local talent renowned for bringing original work to San Francisco’s stages — and now he’s back with a brand-new work, tailor-made for the Merola Opera Program.

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