Virtual Event Series

Opera Aficionado is an exciting, new suite of programs designed for patrons who are passionate about opera. Aficionado provides an opportunity to learn more, dive deeper, and get an inside look at the world of opera.

As part of Opera Aficionado, our Interactive Lectures Series gives opera-goers around the world a front-row seat to scholarly talks, allowing attendees to dialogue with fellow opera lovers, experts, and special guests. Each month will be focused on a concept or theme relevant to all of us.

Due to the interactive nature of this event, attendance is limited.


Sundays from 1:00 - 2:15 pm (PDT)


Zoom (links are emailed one hour prior to each event)

By participating in this event, you authorize San Francisco Opera to photograph, take video footage, and/or make electronic sound recordings of you. You permit the use of any such photographic or electronic reproductions for any purpose, including but not limited to educational and public media, and understand that you may be identifiable from such electronic reproduction.


$20 for each Interactive Lecture. 

A limited number of discounted tickets are available for individuals in need. Email dec@sfopera.com or call (415) 565-3274 if you have any questions.

Donors giving $200+ qualify for at least one complimentary Opera Aficionado event while space is available.  Please call (415) 621-4403 to reserve your spot. Visit sfopera.com/benefits to review benefits for your giving level.


From Opera to Hollywood

Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 3PM

Speaker: Composer David Conte & Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna

Hollywood filmmakers have often turned to the music of opera to enhance their dramas and underscore their emotional impact, with often surprising,  unexpected, and even incongruous  results.  Composer and composition teacher David Conte of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, who regularly teaches courses in Film Music, in conversation with San Francisco Opera Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna, will explore video examples of these opera-to-cinema transformations by such famed directors as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Norman Jewison, Gary Marshall, Woody Allen, Lars von Trier, and Jonathan Demme. Join the discussion and tell us about your own favorite opera scene in the movies.

PANEL EVENT: Opera vs. The Bechdel Test

Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 3PM

Moderator: Cori Ellison, Dramaturge


Dr. Anne K. Hege, Composer

Jennifer Szeto, Former Adler Fellow

Erin Neff, San Francisco Opera Chorus

Dr. Nkeiru Okoye, Composer

The Bechdel Test – originally applied to movies – has three simple requirements: the story has to have at least two [named] women in it; they must talk to each other... about something other than a man. How will your favorites score? 

Join moderator, Cori Ellison, and a collection of women professionals in today's opera industry as they discuss opera's most beloved stories and the needed changes we still face in becoming more conscious storytellers.

The Origins of the Female Operatic Voice

Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 3PM

Speaker: Alexandra Amati

We've Come a Long Way, Ladies! A Celebration of the 19th Amendment Through Song

Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 3PM

Interview with Audrey Johnson, Mezzo Soprano

Moderated by Cole Thomason-Redus

Maestra to the Pit Please: Women Conductors

Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 3PM

Speaker: Pre-Opera Speaker Laura Prichard

From Page to Stage: Shakespeare at the Opera

Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 3PM

Speaker: Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna

More operas are based on works of The Bard than on those of any other writer. Besides the famous adaptations by Verdi, there are Shakespearean music dramas by other well-known composers like Berlioz and Wagner, and some lesser-known works by Ambroise Thomas and the contemporary composers Aribert Reimann and Thomas Adès. San Francisco Opera's Dramaturg Kip Cranna will compare video scenes of the original plays with their counterparts in opera as we explore the surprising transformations that occur between "page and stage." 



Want to know more about that specific production you love? Want to hear from your favorite artist? Let us know what topics and contents you want to see as part of the Opera Aficionado program.