For those of you who do not know your Verdi from your Puccini, we are about to start another opera season in The City. Our San Francisco Opera company was founded in 1923. In 1968, while some folks were listening to the Grateful Dead band play in Golden Gate Park, other folks were attending operas by composers Verdi and Puccini in the War Memorial Opera House in Civic Center. Every year since 1971, our opera stars have also been performing in Golden Gate Park. No ball gowns, tuxedos or expensive tickets required.
Here is a short video clip of the San Francisco Opera performing in Sharon Meadow last year:
The San Francisco Opera has always valued arts education. Since 1939, the nonprofit Opera Guild has brought education about opera to our community. Here is a clip of families enjoying a behind-the-scenes event to learn about the opera:
If you are still not convinced that opera is for you, let Ed Sullivan show you all you need to know about opera divas from the 1960s in 58 seconds:
The gala opening for the current opera season is planned for September 6 and the annual “Opera in the Park,” a free concert, is September 8. For more info, check out: http://sfopera.com/Home.aspx