Pre-Opera Talks

Perfect for newcomers, opera aficionados or anyone in between, our pre-opera talks provide an engaging 25-minute overview of the opera. Learn about the opera’s music, characters, composer and historical background from a music expert.


Orchestra section of the Opera House


55 minutes prior to curtain time


Free to ticketholders

Pre-Opera Talk

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

Speaker: Robert Hartwell

Pre-Opera Talk

Roberto Devereux

Speaker: Marcia Green

Pre-Opera Talk


Speaker: Alexandra Amati

Library Lecture: Tosca

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 6PM

Speaker: Michael Bragg, San Francisco Opera Librarian

Pre-Opera Talk


Speakers: Corey Jamason (October 16, 24 and November 3), Kirsten Paige (October 19) and Heidi Waleson (October 28)

Pre-Opera Talk

It's A Wonderful Life

Speaker: Kip Cranna interviewing Jake Heggie and/or Gene Scheer

Pre-Opera Talk


Speaker: Laura Prichard

Pre-Opera Talk


Speaker: Bruce Lamott

Pre-Opera Talk


Speaker: Peter Susskind

Image of Tosca

Opera Lecture: Tosca

Join the North Beach Public Library for a free lecture about Puccini's Tosca on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 6pm.

More information here.