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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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From the Blog

December 20, 2019

Backstage with Matthew: A dash of holiday magic

As we come to the close of another great year of opera on the War Memorial stage, I wanted to express my deepest gratitude for all that you do to support world-class opera in the Bay Area. I have been so proud of the artistry we have shared together over the past year, and the thrilling appointment of Eun Sun Kim as our next Music Director was the most joyful way to close out the year.

December 18, 2019

Meet Mason Bates, the composer behind the turntable

There’s a degree of mystique surrounding the combination of unlike things — and composer Mason Bates’ fusion of classical music and electronica is no exception. It’s a recipe that’s won him acclaim and even a Grammy: His opera, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, nabbed the 2019 prize for best opera recording.

December 18, 2019

San Francisco Opera staff partner with Violins of Hope, Strings of the Holocaust, for music series from January 16 – March 15

For eight weeks beginning January 16, 2020, the San Francisco Bay Area will play host to the Violins of Hope, a collection of string instruments once played by Jewish prisoner-musicians in World War II-era ghettos and concentration camps.

See more on the San Francisco Opera Blog.

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