Education and Engagement


We believe that participation in the performing arts leads to deep appreciation of beauty and diverse points of view. Our programs help young people grow into curious and caring citizens with a strong sense of self and empathy for others. 


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Summer Conservatory students

Opera Scouts

Our cultural and performing arts ensemble for teens enters its second year with exciting opportunitites, including an overseas Italian adventure in April 2018!

From September to May, we hold weekly meetings, masterclasses and workshops, perform at recitals and community events and attend performances all over the Bay Area.

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2017–18: The Year of Cultural Understanding

Through art we better understand others. We walk in their shoes, see differing points of view, gain broader cultural perspectives and develop compassion.

Learn more about the programs that comprise our Year of Cultural Understanding.

Sing with us

Self-expression. Confidence. Joy.

Students engage with beloved classics of the repertoire, building confidence and self-expression while exploring a panorama of colorful characters and engaging stories.

School Programs

Community Program

Create with us

Commitment. Creativity. Collaboration.

Inspiring 12-week residencies bring out the creative artist in all students, allowing them to engage with their curricula, communities and one another in meaningful ways. We can also hold residencies in high school classrooms.

School Programs

Perform with us

Teamwork. Responsibility. Inventiveness.

In these intensive, hands-on programs, students develop skills as singers and actors as they rehearse and perform operatic repertoire tailored to fit young voices.

Community Programs

Engage with Us

Insightful. Engaging. Inspiring.

We have brought students to San Francisco Opera since 1939. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of Bay Area students have attended these performances.

School Programs

Community Programs

The Year of Cultural Understanding

Music knows no borders. We live in a time in which culture divides us, yet culture is also required to heal us. Now, more than ever, the stories we tell, the songs we sing and the beauty we create can unite us beyond the limitations of fear, scarcity and ignorance. In these times, we must expand. We must immerse ourselves in the unknown until it becomes a part of us. Growth happens when we open our hearts and minds to otherness, and we begin to understand others as well as ourselves. Somewhere inside we are all the same. We all desire, fear, love and dream, and hearing each other's stories brings us closer together as human beings.

Let musical storytelling be the bridge that unites cultures and leads to deeper understanding. This year we will:

  • Celebrate the traditions of other cultures as we sing and musicalize timeless stories.

  • Delve into language acquisition as we introduce bilingual versions of our programs.

  • Explore foreign viewpoints and show empathy through thoughtful character development.

  • Be generous in spirit to those who hold different beliefs, and learn how to disagree while leaving room for opposing ideas.

Look for the Passport to Cultural Understanding in each of our program descriptions to see how all programs relate to cultural understanding.

Pre-school students performing

Discover Opera

Learn about school and family programs offered by San Francisco Opera Guild and San Francisco Opera.

For Families:

First Act

Exploration Workshops

Movie Screenings

For Youth and Teens:

Performing Arts Connection

Summer Conservatory

Opera Scouts

Opera for the whole family.

Opera Guild programs:

Sing a Story

Opera à la Carte

Book to Bravo!

Voices for Social Justice

Creative engagement, performance and composition programs for every grade level.

Opera ARIA (Arts Resources in Action):

Network Program

Residency Program

VAPA Mini-Residency

PEAK Program

Connect professional, artistic and creative elements with classroom curricula.  

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Young children exploring the opera house

Meet the Guild

Learn about our mission and rich history.

Young student in costume

Give to the Guild

Give voice to potential.

summer conservatory students take their final bow

See Programs in Action

Take a look at our memorable moments.

Questions? Contact (415) 565-3280 or