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A Brief History of OperaBorn 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 TimeChoosing 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 TermsFind the definitions you’re seeking (and a little more) with this glossary of essential operatic terms.
A Short Guide to Opera VoicesHere 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 OperaCheck out five of our favorite opera heroines who will change the way you think of opera.
People at the OperaLearn more about the different roles from on stage, in the pit, or behind the scenes.
What to ExpectHere is what you can expect when you come to the opera.
A Timeline of Opera HistoryTake a quick journey through the long and fascinating history of opera with this timeline of defining moments.
An Overview of German OperaLet’s take a journey through time and learn all about the history of German opera!
An Overview of Italian OperaExplore the history of Italian opera and some of the events that define the genre.
Broadway and OperaLet’s take a closer look at three of Broadway’s biggest shows and how they connect to opera.
5 Things to Know about OperaWe crush some long-standing opera stereotypes with this top 5 list.
People at the OperaWho does what onstage, in the pit and behind the scenes.
Books and Recordings We LoveWhether you're new to opera or a longtime fan, you'll enjoy these collections.
Who Does WhatIt takes hundreds of talented individuals—working both onstage and behind the scenes—to bring an opera to life.
San Francisco Opera’s Department of Diversity, Equity and Community (DEC) envisions a vibrant arts world in which people of all races create, share and enjoy resources and relationships equitably, unleashing individual potential, embracing collective responsibility and generating global prosperity in the arts and beyond.
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We are offering new virtual programming for families, educators, and artists.
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Get the most out of your visit to San Francisco Opera with safety information, directions and parking, FAQs, and more.
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Spending extra time with your kids at home? Stream one-hour versions of classic family-friendly operas in the comfort of your home.
Also available are our online resources including lesson plans, fun exercises, and readings to keep your kids' minds filled with opera, stories, and arts!
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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.
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.
See more on the San Francisco Opera Blog.
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