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This beautiful beaux arts structure is home to the San Francisco Opera.
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301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4589
Civic Centre
+1 415-864-3330
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Attended a superb performance of Tosca--the performance was stellar but the Opera House itself was a strong feature by itself. What an outstanding jewel of a facility you folks in San Francisco have. This is miles ahead of the Blaisdell Concert Hall we have in...More

Thank msakurai
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is where the Opera performs, as well as the venue for the Ballet. The seats are not always comfortable and the temperature can be stuffy, leading to massive sleeping through performances.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed March 16, 2018

I came to see Program 02- Bright fast cool blue, with coreographies by Balanchine, Millepied and Peck. I was in the Dress Circle -raw K- and had a great experience. I could see the stage very well, a bit far maybe so I'd recommend to...More

Thank francescaitaly2018
Reviewed January 20, 2018

Great acoustics wonderful music. The show consisted of several short scenes and music. The narrators wer very helpful in helping to understand the sequences. Venue is classic old San Francisco, we loved it

Thank Timothy G
Reviewed December 27, 2017 via mobile

Party of 5 going to a matinee showing, was told we were not allowed to have our daughter at the show. The staff were rude and unapologetic about it, and told us no refunds. The usher said we could sit in the family section and...More

1  Thank John C
Reviewed October 15, 2017 via mobile

I experienced the Opera two ways, through a tour and attending a performance. Wow to both! The building itself is beautiful with historical significance but the performances offer the magic of sitting in a beautiful theater with talented orchestra, dancers, and vocalists dazzling you with...More

Thank Melissa E
Reviewed August 31, 2017

My son and I had a short layover in San Fransisco, and decided to visit the War Memorial Opera House, not for the opera, but for it's UN related history and WW1 memorial. We took a BART train from the San Fransisco Airport to the...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed July 2, 2017

The box seats are individual padded chairs with a lot more padding than the seats in the orchestra section (where I even once took an inflatable cushion). However, there are three rows, on tiers which are about 7 to 8 inches higher than the row...More

Thank Pancho_cisco
Reviewed June 24, 2017 via mobile

Ive been to the Opera house several times, but this time was special because it was my 16 yr old daughters first time seeing a ballet. We saw Swan Lake. I feel that any section of the opera house is wonderful spot. Ive been in...More

1  Thank S3575ECrachelm
Reviewed June 16, 2017 via mobile

"What to wear to the Opera?" is usually what a woman first thinks to herself after she decides to go. Well, I saw women in gorgeous gowns and others in work attire. This is the place to showcase any couture in your closet dying to...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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January 17, 2017|
Response from BigSarge03 | Reviewed this property |
Row D will be very close to the stage. You'll be looking up a bit. Row O will be back further and look more straight onto the stage. Hope that helps.
Brad B
September 25, 2016|
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Response from Jan M | Reviewed this property |
That I don't know. In the group I signed up for, there were between 10 and 15 people, if I remember right. If you want to pursue it further, you may search for SFOpera backstage tours