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.



 

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diversity, equity and community

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.

Join us on this exciting journey.

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We are offering new virtual programming for families, educators, and artists.

Education Programs

Education Programs


Explore vibrant programming for schools, family and the community.

Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit


Get the most out of your visit to San Francisco Opera with safety information, directions and parking, FAQs, and more.

Backstage at the Opera

Backstage at the Opera

Read our blog to get a behind-the-scenes look.

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Stream opera in an hour movies

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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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.

See more on the San Francisco Opera Blog.

Explore The Archive

Our complete history of operas, casts, production teams and performance details—dating back to 1923—at your fingertips.

Visit our Performance Archive