Final Dress Rehearsal Program

Make the War Memorial Opera House your classroom.

Students have been enjoying our final dress rehearsals since 1939. Both San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Opera Guild offer final dress rehearsal programs to educators that will help you introduce your students to the production before they attend the opera.

Who It's For

School groups and youth groups. See opera description for age recommendation.

Separate application available for senior groups in need. Contact us for additional information.


Summer 2021

How It Works

Educators and community group leaders attend Professional Development for Educator sessions prior to attending a dress rehearsal. Sessions include a lecture with an opera expert, a performance by an opera singer and an in-depth exploration of our Educator Materials.

Cost and Availability

See below for details. Pricing varies by number of seats. Scholarships available.

Rossini's Barber of Seville

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6PM

Count Almaviva must rely on the talents of the quick-witted Figaro if he is to win the beautiful Rosina from her lecherous guardian. Rossini’s timeless lyric comedy returns in Emilio Sagi’s buoyant and irresistible Spanish-themed production.

Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg

Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 6PM

Shimmering with evocative and sensuous music, Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg adapts Oscar Wilde’s poignant tale of an outsider whose earnest affection for a princess leads to a fatal rebuke. Suppressed by German authorities before World War II, this rarely performed masterpiece receives its Company premiere in a sumptuous production inspired by the paintings of Velázquez.

Pricing infoRMATION

1-10 seats: $100
11-20 seats: $200
21-30 seats: $300
31-40 seats: $400
41-50 seats: $500

51-60 seats: $600
61-80 seats: $700
81-100 seats: $900
101-130 seats: $1,000
131-160 seats: $1,250

Inquire about Final Dress RehearsalS

Contact San Francisco Opera Department of Diversity, Equity and Community at (415) 565-3274 or [email protected] if:

  • You wish to inquire about attending dress rehearsals as a senior group,
  • Your student group has never attended dress rehearsals before,
  • Your student group has previously attended a dress rehearsal through San Francisco Opera,
  • Your student group participates in an Opera Arts Resources in Action (ARIA) program, or
  • You would like to attend a free professional development session about the opera.


Contact San Francisco Opera Guild at (415) 565-3280 or [email protected] if:

  • Your student group has previously attended a dress rehearsal through the Opera Guild,
  • Your student group participates in Sing a Story, Opera à la Carte, or a Create with Us program, or
  • You would like a Guild teaching artist to visit your school prior to your trip to the opera.