Discover Opera

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.

Image from Salome

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.

aria residency

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.

LEARN MORE

hansel and gretel playing with brooms

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!

STREAM NOW

From the Blog

June 24, 2021

Teetering Toscas, Bulletproof Toscas, Historic Toscas: Five Stories of Giacomo Puccini’s Masterpiece on the San Francisco Opera Stage

Giacomo Puccini’s tragic romance Tosca has had a history on the San Francisco Opera stage stretching back to the company’s first season in 1923. And over that time span — nearly a century in length — the company has racked up stories of Toscas come and gone. Goofy stories. Heartbreaking stories. Inspiring stories.

June 24, 2021

Getting into Character with Bass-Baritone Alfred Walker, ‘Tosca’s’ New Villain

Though bass-baritone Alfred Walker has played a variety of roles, he has become best known perhaps for his villains—and he's about to add a new name to his lineup with his role debut as Baron Scarpia in 2021's Tosca. Find out how he gets into character in this new interview.

May 27, 2021

He Was Backstage. She Was Front of House. It Was a Match Made in Opera.

Maybe you’ve seen her: the commanding presence patrolling the lobby of the War Memorial Opera House, curly hair and eyes smiling behind a pair of glasses.

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