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Address: 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA (415) 861-4008
Phone Number: (415) 861-4008
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Description: Attend one of the best operas in the U.S. From September through January...
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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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Lawton, Oklahoma
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78 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 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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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 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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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 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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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The San Francisco Opera is one of America's oldest and finest opera companies. While they have performances for much of the year, it is particularly attractive in June when they do a festival of three operas in repertory featuring some of the world's greatest singers.

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BARROW
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Very beautiful opera house with good acoustics and very helpful staff. A cafe in the opera house serves a very good buffet before the performances (check for details as not all performances may have the buffet). Only recommendation for them would be to better advertise available parking and advance purchase parking.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I had the chance to see The Trojans here. Powerful staging and singing of a rarely seen opera. Picked up some opera DVDs from the excellent shop. Fun atmosphere on the outdoor terrace at intermission , with City Hall lit up in the Warriors team colors. (They won the NBA the night of the performance.) A gorgeous house and a... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The opera house is a beautiful building, then the auditorium is just lovely. The staff were really attentive. We saw the marriage of Figaro and it was great, expensive but well worth it.

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Laguna Woods, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I'm not too much into opera, but a friend brought me. To my surprise, I loved the decor and the layout. Our seats were great and the performance was amazing.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Being here several times always a magical experience. If looking for perfect evening with your significant other get tickets in advance and start getting ready early. Go to the restaurant downstairs around 6:30 PM and just about 10' prior to the opera begins you walk to your box. Opera ends around 10:30 PM...

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The opera house is located beside City Hall-great architecture to be appreciated around the Civic centre-exercise care if you are walking north of this area around the Tenderloin1

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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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