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This beautiful beaux arts structure is home to the San Francisco Opera.
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301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4589
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Reviewed March 4, 2019

The Opera House is just as magical as I remember it. My mom took my siblings and I to SF Ballet perfomances a few times a year (Nutcracker, Swan Lake & Cinderella to name a few). I now take my grand daughter to the Nutcracker...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed February 20, 2019

The Opera House is massive and grand.It is home to a great opera company and a great ballet company. Seats are expensive and you don't always get what you pay for, For example, the Orchestra level is not as well sloped as in some other...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 28, 2019

It was such a colorful and magic ballet experience. The costumes and dancers will capture you. Yuri Possokhov i Don Quixote. You will feel the flavor of Spain.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 9, 2019

I live in San Francisco and attend the opera frequently. The house itself is truly a beautiful, glorious building having been carefully restored to its original 1932 glory after the 1989 earthquake. The handicap access, restrooms, and general access have improved greatly. Two things of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 7, 2019 via mobile

I use to do the Operas as a actor back in 2000 and 2001 . I needed this opera House in my life back then as a place where I could escape to . I got away from my negative job as a limo driver...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2019 via mobile

The opera house is simply beautiful. We saw the SF Ballet Nutcracker performance here in December and what a treat. The architecture and detail in the interior is stunning. So much detail and so many features to take in. The venue is spacious and a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 28, 2018

Beautiful building. Staff was helpful and friendly. Sets were amazing. Closed out the evening with Christmas music. They let people in after the production had begun. This was distracting. Gift shop had wonderful souvenirs.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 23, 2018 via mobile

We went there this evening to see the Nutcracker performed by the SFBallet team and it was spectacular. The auditorium at war memorial is awesome with fantastic sound system regardless of where and what level you happened to sit. There are ample parking garages near...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 22, 2018

What a beautiful old hall, redone a few decades ago. Very special to be there and see a performance. The only problem is that the incline is not as great as in many newer halls - making it easier to get around, harder to see...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 30, 2018

An attractive facade with lovely Beaux-Arts and Classical features was our first glimpse of this fine building. We were delighted to attend a great opera performance during our visit. The auditorium is highly decorative and has outstanding acoustics, perfect for the world class presentations. It...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Civic Center
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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January 17, 2017|
Response from BigSarge03 | Reviewed this property |
Row D will be very close to the stage. You'll be looking up a bit. Row O will be back further and look more straight onto the stage. Hope that helps.
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September 25, 2016|
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Response from Jan M | Reviewed this property |
That I don't know. In the group I signed up for, there were between 10 and 15 people, if I remember right. If you want to pursue it further, you may search for SFOpera backstage tours