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 and Fall 2020


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.

Verdi's Ernani

Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 2:30PM

In 16th-century Spain, Ernani is a deposed nobleman living on the run as a bandit. When two powerful men seek to make a prize of his lover, Ernani hatches a plot to rescue her—and free the country in the process. But in a world where tradition and loyalty rule, can an outlawed love win? Recommended for Grades 5+

Handel's Partenope

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 6PM

Complete with an elegant heroine, misbehaving men, pure romance and good old-fashioned cross-dressing, Partenope is a romantic comedy about what happens when the battle of the sexes stops being conventional and starts getting surreal. Recommended for Grades 5+

Bates' The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 2PM

With “one device,” Steve Jobs indisputably changed our world. Yet as he tried to make the world more connected, he struggled to truly connect with the people in his own life—his friends, business partners and family. Behind all the disruption and the drive for perfection, what did it all mean? Recommended for Grades 5+

Verdi's Rigoletto

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 6PM

As the court jester, Rigoletto’s job is to entertain the Duke of Mantua, usually at the expense of powerful members of the court. When he is cursed for a taunt that cuts too deep, a terrible sequence of events is set in motion, threatening his only treasure in life: his daughter. 

Beethoven's Fidelio

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 6PM

Arrested. Tortured. Presumed dead. Two years ago, Leonora's husband disappeared into the depths of a detention facility run by his political enemy. Now, the only way to discover if he's alive is for Leonora to infiltrate the prison disguised as a man.


Mozart's Così fan tutte

Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 6PM

A couple of club members engage in a playful bet about the fidelity of their partners. Testing the limits of loyalty and forgiveness, Così fan tutte puts love on trial in this bittersweet comedy where affections become entangled and confused.

Ruders' The Handmaid's Tale

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 6PM

In a dystopian future, fertile women deemed sinful are forced into child-bearing servitude by an extremist theocratic regime. Resistance is nearly impossible — but necessary. Based on the landmark literary work by Margaret Atwood.

Puccini's La Bohème

Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6PM

Puccini’s portrayal of love and loss among a group of struggling artists has won over hearts for more than a century. Infused with melodies of unforgettable intimacy, buoyancy, and pathos, this masterpiece remains one of the most heart-wrenching emotional experiences on the opera stage.

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 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 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.