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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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camp aria

We are thrilled to announce that the Diversity, Equity, and Community Department at San Francisco Opera is offering an exciting, new virtual summer camp: Camp ARIA: Exploring Social Justice Through the Arts.

This innovative camp is designed to engage youth in critical conversations as well as explore their own creativity and individuality.

Register Now

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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

April 27, 2021

With 30 Years on the San Francisco Stage, Catherine Cook Returns to ‘The Barber of Seville’

In the solitude of her car, as she drove home from that first staging rehearsal, Catherine Cook started to cry. She didn’t expect to. But suddenly the emotions overwhelmed her: She would be back on stage, performing live, for the first time in over a year.

April 27, 2021

‘Coming Full Circle,’ Bass Kenneth Kellogg Looks to the Future of Opera

When he arrived for staging rehearsals at the War Memorial Opera House, bass Kenneth Kellogg was dressed for the occasion. He preparing to become one of the first singers to perform in a fully staged opera in the San Francisco Bay Area since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

April 23, 2021

Backstage with Matthew: The Return of Live Opera: It’s Here!

There are moments in life when nothing says it as clearly as music. This is one of those moments. As more  people get vaccinated, as the trends continue downwards, and as we prepare to move into the yellow tier, it’s time to find release and joy in some of the most exuberant opera ever written! After more than a year of being denied live music, it’s time to remedy that!

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