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San Francisco Opera

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Address: 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4509
Phone Number: (415) 861-4008
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We have been thrilling audiences in San Francisco since 1923. We are known...

We have been thrilling audiences in San Francisco since 1923. We are known for commissioning numerous world premieres, training some of opera's greatest young artists and being one of the world's leading opera companies. Come visit us during our fall season (September - early December) or our summer season (late May - early July) and enjoy an incredible night out.

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We saw Carmen with C orchestra tickets. Seats were not that comfortable. Restroom situation was terrible and worse for woman- very long lines and just one entrance/exit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2016
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

We saw Carmen with C orchestra tickets. Seats were not that comfortable. Restroom situation was terrible and worse for woman- very long lines and just one entrance/exit. Acoustics decent. Cast okay, Carmen singer disappointing tonight. We parked $15 Performance Arts Garage.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

old classic distinguished opera. How amazing are the voices you listen and the orchestra in accordance with the atmosphere and the culture of a Great North America. You realize this country has lived gold ages and magical spirits. you can not come to San Francisco and skip this wonderful cultural event. Yesterday I was seated in a balcony and I... More 

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SFOpera, Manager at San Francisco Opera, responded to this review

Hi tichita_23, We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us at San Francisco Opera. We hope you can visit us again soon! More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Went to see 2 operas in June 2016 (Don Carlo and Jenufa). Sat in the front of the balcony and had an excellent view. (Also, balcony seats from rows D and beyond have excellent view of a video screen.) Pre-opera, had a sandwich in the basement. Had drinks at intermission (you are able to pre-order intermission drinks before the opera.)... More 

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SFOpera, Manager at San Francisco Opera, responded to this review

Dear jfmurray3, We are thrilled that you had a wonderful experience in our Opera House, and that you were able to join us for Don Carlo and Jenufa. We want our patrons to have as seamless an experience as possible, and we are glad we met your expectations. Thank you for joining us, and we hope to see you in... More 

Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

The San Francisco opera is a part of the city and its culture that must be experienced. The voices, talent, music, choreography, drama, and sets give you an experience like no other.The operas offered during a given season are often unusual, surprising at times, but always stimulating. And, with the unobtrusive libretto translations clearly displayed above the stage, one need... More 

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SFOpera, Manager at San Francisco Opera, responded to this review

Hi Radrap, We are delighted that you have enjoyed your experiences at San Francisco Opera and that you have enjoyed our diverse selection of offerings each season. We want people to always feel comfortable and are glad that you find our English language supertitles useful, too. We hope you can join us again soon! More 

Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

The opera house is gorgeous. It is located on the western side of Van Ness Avenue across from the rear facade of City Hall, which in itself is a masterpiece of architecture. The seating in the Opera House is comfortable and the rows are well spaced. The acoustics are great. If you like Opera this is a wonderful place to... More 

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SFOpera, Manager at San Francisco Opera, responded to this review

Dear Ronco0807, We are delighted that you have enjoyed our Opera House and that you find it a wonderful place to enjoy opera. We hope you can join us again soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

We attended The Barber of Sevilla. Great performances by the artists and very creative set-up. The building as beautiful as impressive. Most importantly, the staff (mostly volunteers I was told) was smiling and helpful. Although a formal attire is recommended, patrons dressed casually are receiving the same warm welcome. This opera house maked our experience smooth, nice and easy, from... More 

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SFOpera, Manager at San Francisco Opera, responded to this review

Thank you, Jean! We are so happy that you had a wonderful time at The Barber of Seville. We want your experience to be fantastic from start to finish, and we are delighted to hear yours was friendly and easy. We hope to have you join us again soon! More 

Logan, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

This is definitely top-tier and unsurpassed in the artistic quality. We travel from out-of-state to attend every year, and it is well worth it. They have been doing a great job with innovative productions and finding great voices, many of whom are relatively young but have reached the top level of singing.

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SFOpera, Manager at San Francisco Opera, responded to this review

Dear David, We are delighted that you had a wonderful time at San Francisco Opera, and honored that you travel from UT to visit us. We hope to have you join us again soon! More 

San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is the second round of this production. First was a few years ago. It is fabulous. Such good music and great new scenery and on-stage modern elements. Sung in English with English super titles. Purists will cringe that it is not sung in German, but they need to get over it! The opera was, after all, designed for local... More 

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SFOpera, Manager at San Francisco Opera, responded to this review

Dear Randall, We are delighted that you and your granddaughter enjoyed our production of The Magic Flute! We hope to see you at San Francisco Opera again soon. More 

Jupiter, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I got married in Sonoma in September of 2014 and we eloped, so we thought it would be fun to do something unique on our wedding night. So, we went to the Symphony. The San Francisco Symphony is incredible. We bought the cheap seats that are typically reserved for the choir if there is one, but there... More 

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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

I have attended a performance of the San Francisco Opera House yearly for the last few years, on a Saturday evening. This opera company attracts world-class singers. I saw Renee Fleming sing Lucrezia Borgia with them a couple of years ago. We usually make a special evening of it: dress semi-formally, have dinner at one of the excellent restaurants in... More 

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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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