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Don Giovanni

June 4–July 2, 2022

Dream of the Red Chamber

June 14–July 3, 2022

Welcoming You Back, Safely

The health and safety of our patrons, employees, and artists area our number one priority.
Here are some of the ways we’re keeping everyone safe.

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All patrons must wear well-fitted masks that cover their nose, mouth, and chin when inside the facility unless they are actively eating or drinking. A non-vented N95 mask is strongly recommended. A well-fitted mask does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck collar, single layer of fabric, or any mask that has an unfiltered one-way exhaust valve. Audience members who fail to follow the Front of House safety protocols will be promptly removed from the performance venue.

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If you must miss a performance due to a change in our safety protocols, we will work with you to exchange your tickets for those of another performance or arrange for a refund. We are also eliminating all exchange fees for this season. Exchanges can be made up to two hours before the performance.

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All of San Francisco Opera’s health and safety protocols have been developed with a group of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) doctors, led by epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford.

Discover Opera

New to opera or need a refresher? Start here.


A Brief History of Opera
Born in Italy more than 400 years ago during the Renaissance, opera—a combination of vocal and orchestral music, drama, visual arts and dance—has been inspiring people for ages.

The 10 Best Operas of All Time
Choosing the ten best operas of all time is difficult but not impossible—at least not for a few San Francisco Opera experts

From Aria to Vibrato: A Glossary of Opera Terms
Find the definitions you’re seeking (and a little more) with this glossary of essential operatic terms.

A Short Guide to Opera Voices
Here is our short guide for a quick refresher on the basics of each opera voice type.

Five Badass Heroines Who Will Change the Way You Look at Opera
Check out five of our favorite opera heroines who will change the way you think of opera.

People at the Opera
Learn more about the different roles from on stage, in the pit, or behind the scenes.

What to Expect
Here is what you can expect when you come to the opera.

A Timeline of Opera History
Take a quick journey through the long and fascinating history of opera with this timeline of defining moments.

An Overview of German Opera
Let’s take a journey through time and learn all about the history of German opera!

An Overview of Italian Opera
Explore the history of Italian opera and some of the events that define the genre.

Broadway and Opera
Let's take a closer look at three of Broadway's biggest shows and how they connect to opera.

5 Things to Know about Opera
We crush some long-standing opera stereotypes with this top 5 list.

People at the Opera
Who does what onstage, in the pit and behind the scenes.

Books and Recordings We Love
Whether you're new to opera or a longtime fan, you'll enjoy these collections.

Who Does What
It takes hundreds of talented individuals—working both onstage and behind the scenes—to bring an opera to life.


Standing in SOLIDARITY


San Francisco Opera is reflecting on our efforts to become a learning organization. We have been thinking deeply about what inclusion and belonging mean to our institution.

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San Francisco Opera would like to recognize and support the recent historic formation of the Asian Opera Alliance.

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From the Blog

April 29, 2022

‘I’m Proud to be Asian:’ Soprano Shigemi Matsumoto on Her Life in Opera

Matsumoto was one of the rising stars of the opera industry in the 1960s and ‘70s—a time many consider a “golden age” for talent. It was an era when icons like Maria Callas and Marian Anderson still roamed the stage, and new voices like Luciano Pavarotti and Leontyne Price were hitting their stride.

April 29, 2022

At Home With Tenor Konu Kim, Chickens Rule the Roost

It started with three: a bachelor and two eligible females. But as the pandemic stretched on, three became 16—and tenor Konu Kim’s flock of silkie chickens have rapidly overtaken his back garden.

News From the Press Room

May 20, 2022

Casting update for Antony and Cleopatra

Amina Edris to portray Cleopatra in world premiere of John Adams' opera, replacing Julia Bullock

May 19, 2022

Dream of the Red Chamber opens June 14

Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang's work based on the classic Chinese novel returns.

May 18, 2022

Don Giovanni casting update

Australian soprano Nicole Car will make Company debut as Donna Elivra.


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