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, senior groups or youth groups. See opera description for age recommendation.


Summer 2019

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.

Bizet's Carmen

Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 2PM

Seville is a powder keg about to explode: A swirling chorus of factory workers and townsfolk come head to head. At the center of it all is Carmen, a free-spirited seductress who is driven by her heart’s desire. Catch some of opera’s most famous music in this new-to-SF Opera production! Recommended for Grades 5+

Handel's Orlando

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 6PM

Trapped inside his war-torn mind in a military hospital during WWII, the pilot Orlando can’t tell reality from delusion. As he struggles to trust his own perceptions and journey to a clearer world, his trauma richochets on the people around him—putting love and honor to the test. Recommended for Grades 5+

Dvořák’s Rusalka

Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 6PM

The sea-princess Rusalka wants nothing more than to live on land with the Prince. To get her wish, she agrees to a fateful spell by a sea witch. Enter an enchanting underwater world full of immortal spirits, dark magic and haunting melodies. Sharing many similarities to Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, come see this magical Czech fairytale brought to life on the SF Opera stage. Recommended for Grades 3+

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 Rehearsal Availability

Contact San Francisco Opera Education at (415) 551-6296 or if:

  • 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 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.