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San Francisco Opera

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Address: 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4509
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We have been thrilling audiences in San Francisco since 1923. We are known...

We have been thrilling audiences in San Francisco since 1923. We are known for commissioning numerous world premieres, training some of opera's greatest young artists and being one of the world's leading opera companies. Come visit us during our fall season (September - early December) or our summer season (late May - early July) and enjoy an incredible night out.

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We live in England and decided to visit San Francisco towards the end of 2016. As I was researching on the net I saw that SF Opera were doing Madam Butterfly in this period so we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We live in England and decided to visit San Francisco towards the end of 2016. As I was researching on the net I saw that SF Opera were doing Madam Butterfly in this period so we decided to book seats. We had no preconceived ideas regarding the Opera House and were absolutely blown away when we got there. It is... More 

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SFOpera, Manager at San Francisco Opera, responded to this review

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience at San Francisco Opera's Madame Butterfly. We hope you can visit us (and San Francisco) again soon! More 

California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We went tonight to see Aida...and I was impressed. It is truly a marvelous theater. The inside is opulent...even though the seats are for someone who weighs about 100 pounds. Your knees and legs can move to a 95 degree and that is all, my folks! Your shoes touch the seat in front of you. But that is not even... More 

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SFOpera, Manager at San Francisco Opera, responded to this review

Thank you joining us for Aida! We are delighted that you were impressed with the production and our theater, and we hope you will visit us again soon. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Yes, the SFO is truly one of the top 5 opera houses in the country. I hesitated with the thought of going to Aida because of the expense. But there are "Rush" tickets the day of the performance. You need to check online as it isn't available for every performance. Discount tickets are at the opera house or online but... More 

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SFOpera, Manager at San Francisco Opera, responded to this review

Thank you so much for joining us for Aida! We are delighted that you enjoyed the production and we hope you will visit us again soon. More 

San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We took our 12 year old to the opera to see Aida. The Opera house is beautiful and the current production of Aida is fabulous- the opera lasted around 3 and a half hours with intermissions and we did not feel the time pass. Strongly recommend it for families:it is a very special outing and the story behind Aida will... More 

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SFOpera, Manager at San Francisco Opera, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us! We loved our production of Aida and are pleased that you enjoyed it as well. We hope you will visit us again soon! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

My friend treated me to a performance of The Makropulos Case here. It was my first opera. The sets were fantastic, as were the costumes. I certainly enjoyed the performance of Nadja Michael. She was great playing an opera diva. The opera building is beautiful too. My favorite part of the building was the golden woman upon the golden horse... More 

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Thank you for joining us! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time and hope you will visit us again soon. More 

Vancouver
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Recently saw the performance of Don Pasquale which was humorous and entertaining show. The singing, acting orchestra and stage production values were great. I sat in the upper balcony and was able to see the stage and also view the show from the big screen. The theatre itself was classic.

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SFOpera, Manager at San Francisco Opera, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us for Don Pasquale! We are thrilled that you enjoyed it and hope you will visit us again soon. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

I do not have the income for expensive opera seats - mores the pity. Also trips abroad are often planned quite last minute, so availability of tickets even up in the balcony can be nil. The policy of selling standing tickets on the day (from the box office starting at 10.00am) for just $10 is excellent. Here's an interesting point... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

We saw Carmen with C orchestra tickets. Seats were not that comfortable. Restroom situation was terrible and worse for woman- very long lines and just one entrance/exit. Acoustics decent. Cast okay, Carmen singer disappointing tonight. We parked $15 Performance Arts Garage.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

old classic distinguished opera. How amazing are the voices you listen and the orchestra in accordance with the atmosphere and the culture of a Great North America. You realize this country has lived gold ages and magical spirits. you can not come to San Francisco and skip this wonderful cultural event. Yesterday I was seated in a balcony and I... More 

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Hi tichita_23, We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us at San Francisco Opera. We hope you can visit us again soon! More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Went to see 2 operas in June 2016 (Don Carlo and Jenufa). Sat in the front of the balcony and had an excellent view. (Also, balcony seats from rows D and beyond have excellent view of a video screen.) Pre-opera, had a sandwich in the basement. Had drinks at intermission (you are able to pre-order intermission drinks before the opera.)... More 

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SFOpera, Manager at San Francisco Opera, responded to this review

Dear jfmurray3, We are thrilled that you had a wonderful experience in our Opera House, and that you were able to join us for Don Carlo and Jenufa. We want our patrons to have as seamless an experience as possible, and we are glad we met your expectations. Thank you for joining us, and we hope to see you in... More 

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Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
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