Virtual Event Series

thank you for an amazing year. we will be back in January 2021 with more diverse programming and speakers. see you soon.

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.


$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.


Songs of Dislocation

Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 1PM

Speaker: Composer Byron Au Yong

Composer Byron Au Yong is a Bay Area-based, multi-media composer who creates artistic responses to current affairs throughout the world. His diverse collection of works explores how human rights organizing and music intersect to inspire action and sustain the fight towards equity and justice. Join us as we discuss how culture, especially storytelling through song, carries life and resistance through generations. 

Merging Boundaries - Opera in a Digital World

Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 1PM

Speaker: Composer Dr. Anne K. Hege

This talk invites you to explore the future of opera where instruments are designed using video game controllers, dancers morph into the orchestra, and the boundaries between sight, sound, scenery, and story are merged. Beginning with a short overview of the history of technology and electronics in opera, Dr. Anne K. Hegge will introduce exciting new adventures in contemporary opera including an in-depth discussion of her journey creating a new opera for laptop orchestra and live vocalists in collaboration with the Stanford Laptop Orchestra. 

LGBTQ Love in 21st Century Opera

Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 1PM

Speaker: Albert Montañez

Opera’s Unlikeliest Valentines

Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 1PM

Speaker: Dramaturg Cori Ellison

Love Potion No. 9: When Magic Sends Love Askew

Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 1PM

Speaker: Pre-Opera Lecturer Laura Prichard

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!

November 2020: Opera in America

December 2020: Opera for the Holidays



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.