Virtual Event Series

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.

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.


$5 Student/Educator

$20 Standard Rate*

$40 Enable a Student/Educator to Attend**

*Buy 2 for a 10% discount, 3 for a 15% discount, and 4 for a 20% discount

**this is not a tax-deductible contribution


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.

Donors giving $200+ qualify for at least one complimentary Opera Aficionado event while space is available.  Please call (415) 621-4403 to reserve your spot. Visit sfopera.com/benefits to review benefits for your giving level.

A Final Bow

Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 1PM

with Mary Finch and Dan Stanley

2020 was a year for the history books, a year without live opera. For some in our company, it was year of retirement, and a year that did not afford them the splendor of that final bow. As 2021 draws to a close, Opera Aficionado checks in with former SF Opera Choristers, Mary Finch and Dan Stanley, to see what they’ve been up to since leaving our stage, and how music is still a part of their lives.


Our Favorite Choral Moments in Opera

Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 1PM

with Jeffrey Thomas and Stan Engebretson

For many an opera lover, it’s all about those arias and the stars who sing them under the spotlights. Hidden in the shadow of those stars however, it is the opera chorus that gives us some of opera’s greatest moments. Cole Thomason-Redus and Kip Cranna are joined by Bay Area choral directors Jeffrey Thomas and Stan Engebretson for a survey of our favorite choral moments in opera. From some of your most beloved tunes to obscure moments of beauty and drama, we’ll have a little bit of everything for everyone to sing about!

A Tribute to Ian Robertson

Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 1PM

with Ian Robertson

In 1987, Conductor Ian Roberston joined our family at San Francisco Opera and has remained with us ever since. His tenure as Director of the San Francisco Opera Chorus spanned a remarkable journey, filled with musical triumphs, five General Directors, all four Music Directors, and events in time that are now part of history. This December, that 35-year-long journey comes to an end as Maestro Robinson steps down from the podium for the final time. Join us for a tribute and celebration of Ian and his masterful service to our company at the helm of our very own chorus of angels.


Opera Aficionado is generously sponsored, in part, by Wells Fargo.  



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.