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Address: 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4589
Phone Number: 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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Backstage Tour of the Opera House

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Jan M
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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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Austin, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The Opera House was beautiful and was the perfect place to see The Nutcracker. The staff was polite and the house was grand. We had a great time. Even the inexpensive seats were fine for viewing the performance. Highly recommend a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Our family of five came here to watch the Nutcracker. Parking at the Performing Arts Garage was easy. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get there. It is a short 5 minute walk to the Opera House. We arrived a little over an hour before show time. They locked the doors and we had to wait outside... More 

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Madera, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I was so fortunate to recently attend opening night of the NUTCRACKER SUITE at the Opera House. It is so elegant, and they had "Snow" falling down from the Cupola's making it even better. From the old fashioned coat checks to the opulent interior, it will not disappoint. The acoustics are fantastic, and the view is good even from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

San Francisco opera house is one of the best opera company in norrh america. The building that houses the company is grandiose.

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