Virtual Event Series

Two years ago, in May of 2020, San Francisco Opera’s department of Diversity, Equity and Community began producing a Sunday afternoon lecture series on Zoom. Over eighty episodes later, as the world finally begins to emerge out of a global pandemic and into a new normal, Opera Aficionado is coming to an end. Join us for our final month as we celebrate two years of programming and revisit our very first topical theme, Asian Heritage Month. 

Due to the interactive nature of this event, attendance is limited.


Sundays from 1:00 - 2:15 pm (PDT)


Zoom (links are emailed one hour prior to each event)

By participating in this event, you authorize San Francisco Opera to photograph, take video footage, and/or make electronic sound recordings of you. You permit the use of any such photographic or electronic reproductions for any purpose, including but not limited to educational and public media, and understand that you may be identifiable from such electronic reproduction.


$5 Student/Educator

$20 Standard Rate*

$40 Enable a Student/Educator to Attend**

*Buy 2 for a 10% discount, 3 for a 15% discount, and 4 for a 20% discount

**this is not a tax-deductible contribution


A limited number of discounted tickets are available for individuals in need. Email [email protected] or call (415) 565-3274 if you have any questions.

Donors giving $200+ qualify for at least one complimentary Opera Aficionado event while space is available.  Please call (415) 621-4403 to reserve your spot. Visit sfopera.com/benefits to review benefits for your giving level.

Tomorrow's Memories

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 1PM

with Valerie Sainte-Agathe, Matthew Welch, and Theodore Gonzalves

This June, the San Francisco Girls Chorus presents its long-awaited premiere of a new choral opera, Tomorrow’s Memories: A Little Manila Diary. Their Artistic Director Valerie Sainte-Agathe joins us along with composer Matthew Welch, and Acting Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Asian Pacific American Center Theodore Gonzalves, to discuss the new work. 


Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 1PM

with Laura Prichard

A regular and beloved speaker on Opera Aficionado, Laura Prichard makes a final appearance to introduce to us a new work by California composer Aaron Zigman. Commissioned by the Shanghai Symphony, Émigré explores the fascinating story of 1930s Shanghai, as it played host and safe haven to Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler’s Germany. 

The Grand Finale

Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 1PM

with Cole Thomason-Redus and Kip Cranna

All good things must come to an end, and all-things opera must end with a grand finale. Join your Opera Aficionado hosts Cole Thomason-Redus and Kip Cranna as they survey some of the grandest and greatest of all opera finales, with a little help from the forty guest speakers who have served as teacher and friend each Sunday on Zoom. You won’t want to miss this special program — the eighty-sixth and final episode of Opera Aficionado! Admission is free to all. 


Opera Aficionado is generously sponsored, in part, by Wells Fargo.  



Want to know more about that specific production you love? Want to hear from your favorite artist? Let us know what topics and contents you want to see as part of the Opera Aficionado program.