San Francisco Opera

301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco , CA
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Founded by Gaetano Merola in 1923, the San Francisco Opera has become one of the finest opera companies in the world. The sf opera gave its first performance, Puccini's "La Boheme", on september 26, 1923 at the Civic Auditorium. It was later established at the War Memorial Opera House when it officially opened its doors on October 5, 1932.

Over the past five decades, two world performances, 20 American performances and over 135 productions have graced the opera house stage. Each fall, the opera season officially begins with the traditional opening night gala. Some of the biggest names in international opera are present to celebrate the new season. Bay Area opera enthusiasts and aficionados have made the gala the "inaugural ball" of the San Francisco social season.


  • Samson and Delilah

    Allow Yourself to be Seduced
    09/25/2007 by Nirmala Nataraj

    Camille Saint-Saens’ "Samson and Delilah" is perhaps one of the most violently erotic operas in all of history. Far be it from the frivolous coquettishness of librettos like "Don Giovanni" or "La Trav...  More »

  • Don Giovanni

    Mozart’s Un-Repenting Rake
    06/08/2007 by Chrissy Loader

    An evening at the opera, even a “school night” performance, promises something special. The night is even better with a pre-performance Prosecco at Jardiniere, a chance to bask amidst sweet smelling m...  More »

  • The Barber of Seville

    O Glorious Cheesy Triangle!
    11/09/2006 by Clifton Lemon

    "Il Barbiere di Siviglia", Rossini’s best known work, is a facile and silly confection, and according to Opera America, the fifth most performed opera in North America. Like Mozart, t...  More »