Virtual Event Series

Grab your Sunday afternoon tea and join our weekly meetup.

Opera Aficionado is an exciting, new suite of programs designed for patrons who are passionate about opera. Aficionado provides an opportunity to learn more, dive deeper, and get an inside look at the world of opera.

As part of Opera Aficionado, our Interactive Lectures Series gives opera-goers around the world a front-row seat to scholarly talks, allowing attendees to dialogue with fellow opera lovers, experts, and special guests. Each month will be focused on a concept or theme relevant to all of us.

November 2020: Opera in America

December 2020: Opera for the Holidays

Due to the interactive nature of this event, attendance is limited.


Sundays from 1:00 - 2:15 pm (PDT)


Zoom (links are emailed one hour prior to each event)

By participating in this event, you authorize San Francisco Opera to photograph, take video footage, and/or make electronic sound recordings of you. You permit the use of any such photographic or electronic reproductions for any purpose, including but not limited to educational and public media, and understand that you may be identifiable from such electronic reproduction.


$20 for each Interactive Lecture. 

A limited number of discounted tickets are available for individuals in need. Email [email protected] or call (415) 565-3274 if you have any questions.


Joy to the [Opera] World!

Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 1PM

Speaker: Dramaturg Cori Ellison

As the approaching holidays put us in mind of family time, dramaturg Cori Ellison leads us in exploring some of opera's most beloved family-friendly opera classics.  Revisit old favorites and discover some new ones as we delve into the sights and sounds of works including Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute, Cenerentola, L'enfant et les sortilèges, The Cunning Little Vixen, and Amahl and the Night Visitors.

‘Tis the Season at the Opera: Exploring Operas with a Yuletide Theme

Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 1PM

Speaker: Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna

The Christmas story is celebrated in countless musical works, but mostly for the concert stage, like Handel’s beloved Messiah.  But what about opera?  Far from saying “Bah, humbug!," composers aplenty have found the Christmas Season a perfect backdrop for operatic storytelling.  To help get you in a holiday mood,  San Francisco Opera’s Dramaturg Emeritus will treat you to a glimpse of some Yuletide operas spanning the gamut from the silly to the sublime. Instead of a Wagnerian “Hojotoho,” it’s time for an operatic “Ho ho ho!”

Past Events

May 2020: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

June 2020: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride and representation in opera

July 2020: Emotions in Opera

August 2020: Social Themes in Opera, Past and Present

September 2020: Celebrating San Francisco Opera

October 2020: Halloween!



Want to know more about that specific production you love? Want to hear from your favorite artist? Let us know what topics and contents you want to see as part of the Opera Aficionado program.