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San Francisco Opera

301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA (415) 861-4008 (SoMa)
(415) 861-4008
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Ranked #16 of 361 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Operas
Activities: Arts and crafts
Traveler Description: Opera season runs September through November.  Generally a dozen Operas are staged each season, running in repertory.  With little exception, the... more »
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Grand Opera tends to be performed exceptionally well here. The season runs September-December, with a shorter series presented in June-July. Many of the world's best singers are drawn to this venue. The schedule usually includes many of the old standards, but also newer operas, including some world premieres. Acoustics are extremely good.

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San Francisco, California
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Opera fans can count on top casts and a splendid pit orchestra, though, as most everywhere, it ain't cheap. There's a fall season from September till end of November, usually with 7 operas, and a Spring season iin June, with three, usually popular, with a Wagner Ring Cycle from time to time. Check well in advance!

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Portland, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We enjoyed a performance of SF Ballet here - seats were good, so score raised to 2*. At first we compared building to a mausoleum but then realised that we could not think of any mausoleum that was this austere and unadorned.....

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Taunton, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We were lucky enough to be at the world premiere of a new ballet by san Francisco ballet. We had an good buffet meal there before the performance. If you want a cab after the performance see the usher on the south side to get your name on a list.

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Sacramento, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

The venue is lovely and old, even the restrooms have that old world charm but with women's on one side and men's on the other. Before the production, lunch is served in the basement area with your choice of either restaurant style or cafe with sandwiches, salads, and coffee. Only bottled water is allowed in the theater, no food or... More

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New York City, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Great beautiful building, wonderful atmosphere and vibrant acoustics.it's a great place to visit if you are a fan of Opera.all you have to do is find a perfect 'seat' to watch and do not bring your teenager kids or those who are not interested in Opera.It will disappoint you only...like I did! There are plenty of options for great dinner.... More

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Dallas, Tx
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

The building was beyond beautiful. The ballet was exquisite, at least what I could see of it. I must have had the worst seat in the house (seat closest to the wall) and could not see the dancers or scenery on stage right:( Just a hint: The bathrooms are mens on one side and ladies on the other. I, of... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

The experience obviously depends mainly on the quality of the performance. But the SF Opera House is a great venue with a nice atmosphere, good acoustics, pleasant staff and good eating options. A special plus for the taxi service afterwards.

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Alameda, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

we had great seats behind the orchestra and a good few of the stage, probably will get Balcone the next time. The best was the dinner prior to the show and the friendly people we visited with. Nice time was had by all

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El Paso, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This was our first opera and we are now hooked. The pre-opera orientation was fantastic. It helped us know what was coming next. The opera house is a beautiful building!

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