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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

November 24, 2020

Where did you get that hat?

One of the main focuses of the Costume Shop this fall has been building our new production of Così fan tutte, the second opera in our trilogy of the Mozart-da Ponte operas directed by Michael Cavanagh. The manor house that came to life in The Marriage of Figaro last year has moved forward in time to the 1930s, and has become a country club, replete with a swimming pool, badminton court, and locker rooms.

November 23, 2020

The Elixir of Love: Donizetti’s Altered States

Whenever someone introduces The Elixir of Love (L’Elisir d’Amore), you can be sure the discussion will include mention of the jaw-dropping speed of its composition. I find myself slightly bemused by the skepticism with which scholars approach Donizetti’s boast that he completed the work in about two weeks; some suggest that the more accurate figure might have been closer to… a whole month (as if that in itself were not impressive enough)!

November 16, 2020

Rethinking the Elements of Melodrama: Verdi’s Innovative Vision in 'Rigoletto'

Master of the theater that he was, Verdi liked to recall a childhood incident in which real life seemed to trump the most hair-raising effects imagined for the stage. At the local church in his native village of Roncole, young Verdi found his attention naturally drawn to the music he heard during worship services. One day, while serving as an altar boy, he became so distracted from his duties that the priest celebrating Mass kicked him.

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.

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