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.


$5 Student/Educator

$20 Standard Rate*

$40 Enable a Student/Educator to Attend**

*Buy 2 for a 10% discount, 3 for a 15% discount, and 4 for a 20% discount

**this is not a tax-deductible contribution


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.

Florence Price

Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 3PM

with Laura Prichard

 The modern rediscovery of American composer Florence Price began in 2009, when her musical manuscripts were discovered in an abandoned house in St. Anne, Illinois. Price had been a significant figure in the Chicago Renaissance, corresponding with many of the leading Black intelligentsia, including Du Bois and Langston Hughes, whose poetry she set to music. A musical prodigy, she enrolled at the New England Conservatory at the age of 14, becoming the first Black woman to have her work performed by a major orchestra (Chicago). Join us for a deep dive into her moving, romantic scores (there are over 300!) + an exploration of the new chamber opera about her life (Florence Comes Home, 2019).


Take Me to Your Lieder

Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 3PM

with Cole Thomason-Redus, Educational Content Curator

The Romantic Era yielded a bounty of German composers whose works include some of the finest music ever written for the human voice. Orchestral tone poems of the time showed mastery of orchestration and attention to narrative. It was a century of storytelling. Join Cole Thomason-Redus for a survey of composers who shied from the dramatic stage, preferring instead the salons and concert halls of nineteenth century Europe.



Opera Aficionado is generously sponsored, in part, by Wells Fargo.  



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.