First Three Performances of Beethoven's Fidelio, Led by Music Director Eun Sun Kim, Mark First Livestreams in Company History

Release date: 10/5/2021


New Production Directed by Matthew Ozawa, starring Elza van den Heever, Russell Thomas and Greer Grimsley, Opens October 14

Livestream Tickets on Sale Today at 1 pm

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Virtual tickets for San Francisco Opera’s livestreams of its new production of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio—a brand-new online offering by the Company—go on sale today, October 5 at 1pm PT.

San Francisco Opera will share, beyond the walls of the Opera House, two of its fall productions (Fidelio and Così fan tutte) from Music Director Eun Sun Kim’s inaugural season. Offered for the first time in Company history, the livestream option for select performances enables audiences to experience San Francisco Opera from anywhere in the world. Each streamed performance will be presented live only (on-demand feature will not be available). For more information, visit

Opera fans can livestream these Fidelio performances: October 14 at 7:30pm PT; Sunday, October 17 at 2pm PT and Wednesday, October 20 at 7:30pm PT. Virtual livestream tickets are $25 and go on sale on October 5 at 1pm PT.

Director Matthew Ozawa’s new production updates Fidelio’s setting from an eighteenth-century prison to a modern government detainment center. For this highly anticipated production of Beethoven’s only opera, Eun Sun Kim conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Chorus and a cast headed by Elza van den Heever as Leonore, Russell Thomas as her husband, Florestan, and Greer Grimsley as Don Pizarro. Ozawa’s production features the work of set and projection designer Alexander V. Nichols, costume designer Jessica Jahn and co-lighting designers JAX Messenger and Justin A. Partier. San Francisco Opera Chorus Director Ian Robertson prepares the Opera Chorus for the Act I Prisoner’s Chorus and the opera’s finale, two massive scenes comparable to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” from the 9th Symphony in cathartic energy and exaltation.

Coinciding with Fidelio, the Company’s latest episode of its podcast, North Stage Door, features interviews about the opera with director Matthew Ozawa, former Arizona Governor and United States Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, San Francisco Opera Chorus Director Ian Robertson and San Quentin State Prison Public Information Officer Samuel Robinson and incarcerated persons at San Quentin. To listen to the episode, go to In partnership with the William James Association’s Prison Arts Project, an exhibition of artwork by incarcerated persons at San Quentin State Prison, who were inspired by the themes and story of Fidelio, will be displayed at the War Memorial Opera House lobby from October 14 to 30. Fidelio ticketholders can view the exhibit in person, and images will be also available to the general public at The Commonwealth Club will host a public, in-person conversation about this collaboration on October 25 at 2:30pm. Tickets will be available soon at

The Company’s new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, directed by Michael Cavanagh and led by Maestro Henrik Nánási, will be offered as a livestream on Sunday, November 21 at 2pm PT; Tuesday, November 23 at 7:30pm PT and Saturday, November 27 at 7:30pm PT. Virtual tickets for Così fan tutte will go on sale in late October..

*For the complete press release please view the attached PDF.