SFOpera - The Top 6 Opera Tips

The Top 6 Opera Tips

We asked and you answered! We reached out to our brilliant opera fans via social media for their top #OperaTips for people who have never attended live opera before. The top 6 suggestions may surprise you. Enjoy!


Before you see an opera, read the synopsis and watch some arias on YouTube. And don’t miss the free pre-performance lecture held in the theater 55 minutes before curtain. You’ll get more out of the opera you see, and it will definitely impress your friends! ‪#SFOperaTips‬


Some of the most popular operas are by Mozart (The Marriage of Figaro, Così Fan Tutte, The Magic Flute), Verdi (La Traviata, Don Carlo, Luisa Miller) and Puccini (Madame Butterfly, La Bohème, Tosca). If you’re new to opera, anything by these composers would be a safe bet. There’s a reason they’re so famous! ‪#SFOperaTips‬


New to opera and want to know what it’s all about? Come to our free simulcast of The Marriage of Figaro at AT&T Park on July 3, join us for Opera in the Park at Golden Gate Park on September 13 or listen to our monthly broadcast on KDFC at 8pm on the 1st Sunday of every month. ‪#SFOperaTips‬


Ballgown, business suit, favorite jeans, ceremonial kilt? All these options and more are just fine for the opera. There is no dress code at San Francisco Opera, so wear whatever you feel happiest in! #SFOperaTips


Looking for a romantic comedy? Try The Marriage of Figaro (also great for first time opera-goers). Enjoy discovering powerful new works? See the world premiere of Two Women. Love classic myths and epic productions? You won’t want to miss The Trojans! ‪#SFOperaTips‬


Was that the tenor or your tummy? In all the excitement of going to the opera, make sure you don’t forget to eat! Make the most of your visit and make a reservation for lunch or dinner at one of the delicious dining options in the Opera House and surrounding neighborhood. ‪#SFOperaTips‬

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