* updated on march 30 *

An Important COVID-19 Update for Our Community

Due to the amended shelter-in-place orders issued on March 30, the physical Box Office windows located at 301 Van Ness Avenue will be closed through at least May 1. The Box Office is available to assist via phone at (415) 864-3330.

UPDATE FROM MARCH 22: Read General Director Matthew Shilvock's March 22 edition of Backstage with Matthew in which he gives an update on how the Company is weathering the crisis.


We have been closely tracking guidelines from federal, state, and local governments and are in close contact with healthcare professionals and government officials. Following the public health orders issued today by six Bay Area counties requiring residents to stay at home, San Francisco Opera’s administrative staff is working remotely until April 7, 2020. We have also determined to cancel or postpone the following events:

    • All presentations of First Act Workshop: Opera Puppet Show on March 28 (canceled)
    • The final two recitals of the 2020 Schwabacher Recital Series on April 1 and 22 (canceled)
    • Annual Meeting on April 16 (canceled)
    • Bel Canto Tea donor event on April 20 (postponed)
    • President’s Dinner donor event on May 13 (postponed)

While we are all saddened that we have to cancel or postpone events that celebrate our incredible opera community, the safety and health of that community must remain our first priority.

The First Act Workshop: Opera Puppet Show and the Schwabacher Recitals on April 1 and April 22 have been canceled. If you purchased tickets, you may choose to either donate your tickets for a tax-deductible donation or receive a full refund. Please call the Box Office starting Tuesday, March 17 at 10am at (415) 864-3330 to indicate your choice. If you take no action, you will automatically be issued a full refund on July 3, 2020.

Our Annual Meeting — a benefit available to those donating $500 or more a year — is an important opportunity to share information about the art and business of the Company, and we will be finding alternative ways to share that information.

During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, your support of arts organizations like the Opera will be critical to ensuring that we can emerge able to continue delivering transformational artistry on our stage. Our thoughts go out to all the arts organizations who have had to cancel productions or even entire seasons. If you have tickets to canceled events, I encourage you to consider donating them back to the institution. The arts infrastructure of the city will depend on the generosity of the community as we grapple with what could be catastrophic impacts on artists, institutions, and the ability of the arts to survive.

Thank you again for your dedicated support of San Francisco Opera and for your understanding during this time. We will be in touch as we know more in the coming weeks, but I am dedicated to ensuring that we return as soon as we can to creating beautiful art on the War Memorial stage. I very much look forward to sharing in that with all of you.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our Box Office at (415) 864-3330.

With all supportive wishes as you navigate this incredibly difficult time.

Matthew Shilvock
Tad and Dianne Taube General Director