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.


Interview with Sheri Greenawald

Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 1PM

Interviewed by Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna

Celebrated soprano Sheri Greenawald, recently retired after two decades as Director of the San Francisco Opera Center and Artistic Director of the Merola Opera Program, enjoyed a distinguished international operatic career. Noted for her enormous range of roles, Sheri appeared with major companies across the country and abroad (including, of course, San Francisco Opera), working with some of the world's leading conductors. In conversation with Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna, Sheri will discuss highlights of her career, and give insights into the training of young singers and the science of vocal technique. Video and audio excerpts from her performances will demonstrate her artistry and versatility. Join the conversation and get Sheri's advice on how to become an opera star!

Return to the Opera House

Tosca by the Bay

Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 1PM

with Kip Cranna

On October 15, 1932, the War Memorial Opera House opened its doors for the first time with a production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca. Before then and ever since, San Francisco has enjoyed a love affair with this iconic melodrama. San Francisco Opera Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna will explore this masterful work, share anecdotes of its triumphs and comic disasters, and discuss why it is that Tosca has left her heart in San Francisco.


Interview with Soprano Leah Crocetto

Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 1PM

American soprano Leah Crocetto astonishes audiences with her moving portrayals of opera’s greatest heroines. The New York Times praised her as possessing an “agile coloratura technique and a feeling for the Italianate style.” And before all this, she was a young artist with Merola Opera Program and enjoyed an exciting tenure as San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow on stage at the Opera House. Opera Aficionado hosts, Cole Thomason-Redus and Kip Cranna will interview Crocetto about her career thus far, and the world-class training she received here in this City by the Bay.

A Spotlight on San Francisco Opera Center

Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 1PM

with Carrie-Ann Matheson, Markus Beam, and Jean Kellogg

Established in 1982, San Francisco Opera Center is dedicated to nurturing opera's most promising young artists. Join us for a conversation with Opera Center's new leadership, Carrie-Ann Matheson and Markus Beam, and Merola Opera Program Executive Director Jean Kellogg as we discuss this renowned program which reigns as one of the premiere professional training centers for our beloved art form. 

Putting It Together: How to Build a Season of Opera

Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 1PM

As we excitedly pour through our brochures for the 2021–22 Season of opera, one might ask themselves, “How does one plan a season of opera?” The members of this company who are responsible for doing just that will join us for a fascinating look inside the inner workings of season planning at San Francisco Opera.

Return to the Opera House

Così fan tutte

Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 1PM

with Aria Umezawa, Stage Director & Former Adler Fellow

Former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Aria Umezawa returns to Opera Aficionado for a woman’s perspective on this Mozart masterpiece. As our Mozart-Da Ponte Trilogy continues, we’ll take a look at the gender roles and stereotypes that pervade this classical favorite and discuss how it stands and survives in the contemporary world of cancel culture.


Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 1PM

with Michael Bragg, Music Planning Associate & Opera Librarian

Ludwig van Beethoven is known for producing some of the most beloved, emotional, and masterful works in classical music. His funeral in 1827 brought over 10,000 people onto the streets of Vienna to cheer his name. Among his vast and impressive output of musical compositions lies just one opera – Fidelio. Music Planning Associate Michael Bragg returns to Opera Aficionado for a special look at our new production by Matthew Ozawa, part of a world-wide celebration (one year late) of the composer’s 250th birthday.


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



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