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Address: 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4589
Phone Number: +1 415-864-3330
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This beautiful beaux arts structure is home to the San Francisco Opera.

This beautiful beaux arts structure is home to the San Francisco Opera.

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First opera experience. The venue was very nice. Large and grand. Even balcony seats were still good enough without binoculars nor obstruction. Sound was good. The performance was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First opera experience. The venue was very nice. Large and grand. Even balcony seats were still good enough without binoculars nor obstruction. Sound was good. The performance was good but interpretation of time period a little quirky (Pharoh's army wearing modern WWII type uniforms with some almost Nazi like). Our teenagers didn't like it but that had more to do... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

I didn't go on a tour of the War Memorial Opera House, but I did see a performance of an opera there. The building is stunningly beautiful. WOW! My favorite aspect of the entire lovely edifice was the golden woman upon a golden horse above the stage. My second favorite aspect was the lovely way the curtain rose before the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Small guided tours lasting roughly 20 minutes that cost just one dollar. The staff are very helpful and informative although they do tend to repeat themselves. It's a beautiful venue and one that I would thoroughly reccomend you go and visit if you get the chance.

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Greater Cincinnati
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

It just so happened that we were planning on coming here on Monday which coincided with the tours they offer between 10am-2pm on the hour. The tour starts at the Davies Symphony Hall entrance (Grove St side) and was $7 per adult ($5 for seniors). The tour lasted around 80 mins although I'm not sure if it's supposed to be... More 

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

Just took a backstage tour of the San Francisco Opera House; absolutely breathtaking. Of course the place itself is beautiful. but on this tour, we also saw the dressing rooms, the gorgeous costumes, the workers preparing the stage for tonight's opera, the workings of pieces of stage that they lower when someone has to fling themselves off a parapet. The... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

I recently spent an Opera weekend in SanFrancisco viewing a new production of Carmen, an exhilarating Don Carlo and a superb Janufa. This was my first time in this elegant, beautiful Beaux Art Building. I was truly amazed at its beauty, how well kept it is and how friendly the staff is to everyone. Upon entering the building one is... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

We came here to see the famous ballot Onegin and it was a wonderfully beautiful experience! One of our favourite ballets was played brilliantly in this nice building where, by the way, the United Nations was established.

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Fremont, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful venue for operas and ballet. Short people trivia - ask the ushers for a seat cushion so that you can look past the Gulliver sitting in front of you :) ...

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Camarillo, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2015

We came to this venue to see the Nutcracker. It was our first time to this venue and we were pleasantly surprised by the history and architecture. We would definitely come back here to see another show!

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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2015

My first time here. Came for the Nutcracker in December and was very impressed of the venue. The hall area was beautifully decorated in christmas and nutcracker themed decor. The tree was absolutely stunning and instantly put us in the christmas spirit. Arrive as early as possible in order to enjoy the ambiance, a beverage and to snap some photos... More 

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