Education and Engagement


For the safety of our community and artists, San Francisco Opera Guild will be offering all programs virtually to classrooms, individuals and learning bubbles (groups of 5 or more students) through spring 2021.

Summer Conservatory students performing
Teaching artist working with student
Students watching presentation

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. 

Summer Conservatory students

Opera Scouts

After our great Italian adventure in April, 2018, this cultural and performing arts ensemble for teens enters its fourth year with exciting opportunities to sing, learn, attend performances, and travel!

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

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Sing with us

Students participating in sing with us program
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.

Virtual Programs

Create with us

Commitment. Creativity. Collaboration.

Inspiring 10 to 14 week residencies bring out the creative artist in all students, allowing them to engage with their curricula, communities and one another in meaningful ways. Also available to learning bubbles of 5 students or more.

Virtual Programs

Perform with us

Summer Conservatory Students performing Snow Queen production
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.

Virtual Programs

Engage with Us

Students watching a dress rehearsal at the Opera House
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.

In-Theater Programs


Community Programs


Due to COVID-19, in-theater programs are postponed until further notice.

2020-2021: The Year of the story

In the heart of every experience lives the potential for a powerful story.

Stories inspire, engage, educate, amuse, frighten, anger, warn and unite us. In an age when experiences are often distilled to a single image, sound bite, or word count, it’s time to release the power of the well-crafted tale, enhanced by
sublime melody and vibrant musicality.

This year we invite you and your students to unplug, open up and get to the heart of the matter by engaging in stories that unwind in unpredictable and wonderful ways. These stories express the nuances of human character and wit, set to original and timeless soaring music.

It’s time to find our common threads, beautifully woven into our uniqueness, and journey with characters both familiar and strange. San Francisco Opera Guild offers an exciting line-up of programs this year poised to do just that.

Pre-school students performing

Discover Opera

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

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 [email protected].