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.

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

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


Every Sunday from 1:00 - 2:15 pm (PDT)

Starting Sunday, May 10, 2020



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. 

Subscription pricing coming soon.

Opera for Laughs: Great Comic Moments in the World of Opera

Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 1PM

Speaker: Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna

"Make 'em laugh!"  Humor is one of the great human emotions.  San Francisco Opera's Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna looks at what makes comic opera truly funny, exploring the composer's role in giving comedy its spark, using video examples (with subtitles) of operatic humor from the 17th century to the present day.  Come prepared to interact, ask questions, and laugh!  

Passion, Paris, and Puccini

Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 1PM

Speaker: Pre-Opera Speaker Robert Hartwell

Puccini’s operas beautifully exemplify this month’s theme of passion, and perhaps none more than his exquisite La bohème.  In spite of its popularity—or perhaps because of it—it is often underrated, and is emblematic of a curious contradiction about Puccini: he is adored by the public yet often disdained within intellectual circles. We will explore the reasons for this disconnect while making the case that his operas are much more sophisticated than his critics would acknowledge.

Aspects of Love: Defining Romantic, Unrequited and Familial Love in Opera

Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 1PM

Speaker: SF Opera Librarian Michael Bragg

Join San Francisco Opera’s Music Librarian, Michael Bragg as he examines defining moments in opera that give a deeper look into the motivations that drive romantic, unrequited, and familial love. From the good intentions of a parent that turn to tragedy or the first touch of romance that ignites a love affair, opera reminds us how love changes everything!

Let Freedom Sing: Operas About Liberation

Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 1PM

Speaker: Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna

Ideas about liberty and freedom from oppression have inspired opera composers through the centuries.  San Francisco Opera’s Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna will take us on a video journey (with English subtitles) exploring the many varied ways that operas have expressed in drama and song our basic human aspirations to be free.

Politics and Social Justice in the Operas of John Adams

Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 1PM

Speaker: Pre-Opera Speaker Laura Prichard



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