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San Francisco Opera

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Address: 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102
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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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Unusual, Often Surprising, Always Stimulating

The San Francisco opera is a part of the city and its culture that must be experienced. The voices, talent, music, choreography, drama, and sets give you an experience like no... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 June 2016
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

The San Francisco opera is a part of the city and its culture that must be experienced. The voices, talent, music, choreography, drama, and sets give you an experience like no other.The operas offered during a given season are often unusual, surprising at times, but always stimulating. And, with the unobtrusive libretto translations clearly displayed above the stage, one need... More 

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

Hi Radrap, We are delighted that you have enjoyed your experiences at San Francisco Opera and that you have enjoyed our diverse selection of offerings each season. We want people to always feel comfortable and are glad that you find our English language supertitles useful, too. We hope you can join us again soon! More 

Brooklyn, New York
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408 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

The opera house is gorgeous. It is located on the western side of Van Ness Avenue across from the rear facade of City Hall, which in itself is a masterpiece of architecture. The seating in the Opera House is comfortable and the rows are well spaced. The acoustics are great. If you like Opera this is a wonderful place to... More 

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

Dear Ronco0807, We are delighted that you have enjoyed our Opera House and that you find it a wonderful place to enjoy opera. We hope you can join us again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015 via mobile

We attended The Barber of Sevilla. Great performances by the artists and very creative set-up. The building as beautiful as impressive. Most importantly, the staff (mostly volunteers I was told) was smiling and helpful. Although a formal attire is recommended, patrons dressed casually are receiving the same warm welcome. This opera house maked our experience smooth, nice and easy, from... More 

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

Thank you, Jean! We are so happy that you had a wonderful time at The Barber of Seville. We want your experience to be fantastic from start to finish, and we are delighted to hear yours was friendly and easy. We hope to have you join us again soon! More 

Logan, Utah, United States
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

This is definitely top-tier and unsurpassed in the artistic quality. We travel from out-of-state to attend every year, and it is well worth it. They have been doing a great job with innovative productions and finding great voices, many of whom are relatively young but have reached the top level of singing.

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

Dear David, We are delighted that you had a wonderful time at San Francisco Opera, and honored that you travel from UT to visit us. We hope to have you join us again soon! More 

San Francisco, California
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117 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

This is the second round of this production. First was a few years ago. It is fabulous. Such good music and great new scenery and on-stage modern elements. Sung in English with English super titles. Purists will cringe that it is not sung in German, but they need to get over it! The opera was, after all, designed for local... More 

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

Dear Randall, We are delighted that you and your granddaughter enjoyed our production of The Magic Flute! We hope to see you at San Francisco Opera again soon. More 

Jupiter, Florida
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96 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015 via mobile

My husband and I got married in Sonoma in September of 2014 and we eloped, so we thought it would be fun to do something unique on our wedding night. So, we went to the Symphony. The San Francisco Symphony is incredible. We bought the cheap seats that are typically reserved for the choir if there is one, but there... More 

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Modesto, California
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244 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

I have attended a performance of the San Francisco Opera House yearly for the last few years, on a Saturday evening. This opera company attracts world-class singers. I saw Renee Fleming sing Lucrezia Borgia with them a couple of years ago. We usually make a special evening of it: dress semi-formally, have dinner at one of the excellent restaurants in... More 

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Lawton, Oklahoma
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78 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

First, the Opera House is absolutely gorgeous! We saw The Marriage of Figaro. It was excellent! The singing, acting, scenery, and costumes were all wonderful!

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

Thank you for your review! We are delighted that you enjoyed our production of The Marriage of Figaro. We hope you can join us in San Francisco again soon! More 

San Francisco, California
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47 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

Enjoyed the grandeur of the opera via comp tix from my friend. Recommend reading up on the story before going so you can understand what is going on. If you have never experienced opera, take advantage of the SF Opera. There aren't too many California cities which can boast an Opera company of their own.

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

Dear Audrey, We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience at San Francisco Opera, and appreciate your recommendations to potential operagoers! We hope you can visit us again soon. More 

Annapolis, Maryland
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

As an opera lover from Maryland, I am more familiar with the Kennedy Center, which is an elegant but fairly modern-style opera house. So, I absolutely loved the classical aesthetic of the San Francisco Opera House, which has a beauty evoking old world style. I attended with an experienced opera-goer, and we both loved the production of "The Marriage of... More 

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

Dear Gipsie Girl, We are delighted that you enjoyed our production of "The Marriage of Figaro" and our beautiful Beaux-Arts-style opera house. We hope you can visit us in San Francisco again soon! More 

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Civic Center
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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