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San Francisco Opera

301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA (415) 861-4008 (Civic Center)
(415) 861-4008
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Ranked #13 of 376 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Pleasanton, California
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243 helpful votes 243 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I've been there on multiple occasions and never been disappointed. Where do I start ... Well, first of, it's located in the very heart of one of the greatest cities, so every time you get there, it becomes a special moment. The building is very grand. it has a lot of history and traditions, so you can feel all those... More

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San Diego, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We travel from San Diego a couple of times a year to see the San Francisco opera productions. It is such a treat and we love the easy access with public transportation to the War Memorial Opera house by the Civic Center. It is a rather expensive treat but worth every penny. Occasionally they show two or three different operas... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This opera company delivers consistently high quality performances. The seats in the orchestra section may be original to the house (?), as they are "sprung" and pretty uncomfortable.

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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I love the San Francisco Opera. It's a world class opera. We most recently saw Masked Ball by Verdi, but I am sure all their operas are great. You can get dinner at the buffet downstairs before the opera. Reservations are required and it's $30 or so. Very good buffet dinner. If you look at the seating chart for the... More

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Burlingame, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you were an Opera fan, this would be the best Opera to start you off with. San Francisco Opera did an amazing job with this production. I wish I could have seen it twice. Bravo!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We were there for a performance a while ago and it was just great. We had an amazing time with such a large group and the best part it they had parking facilities availaible

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Brookfield, Illinois
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Upper Balcony sound was OK, at times orchestra was too loud for vocal performances. Had drop down screens to better see stage action and translation scrawl, but I would rather see the stage clearly.

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Corinth, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The building is striking. The theatre reminds one of European theatres although it is bigger. The various cocktail lounges and wooden counters were a plus. Certainly, the performance was fantastic; the sets were a bit puzzling, but much better than those for the same opera at the MET.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Went to the Norma opera. Even if you don't like opera, you'll like this one. It has great drama, and the female lead is the best ever.

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Napa, California
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21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The majestic interior of the SF Opera house is most inviting to lure opera fans to enjoy outstanding productions. The productions have outstanding performers and singers who are world class stars. We just enjoyed attending the opera Norma, which was almost 3 hours long and had one intermission. It had a difficult thrilling soprano part of Norma sung beautifully and... More

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