The San Francisco Opera was founded in 1923 and has since grown to be the second largest opera company in North America. The beautiful and renowned War Memorial Opera House has been the exclusive performing center for the San Francisco Opera since 1932. The Opera has offered several high definition simulcasts in recent years, in order to reach audiences outside of the Opera House. The San Francisco Opera has recently signed a deal for the distribution of six productions per year to movie theaters using the feature film quality digital format, this being a first for the opera community. For people who want to see the San Francisco Opera in person but still pay movie prices, the Opera offers an impressive 200 Standing Room tickets per performance for a mere $10.
San Francisco Opera Information
- Public Transportation: Very Good (a short walk from buses 5, 47, and 49 at Van Ness Avenue/McAllister Street; and a 7-minute walk from several buses, light rail lines F, J, K, L, M, N, and T, and BART trains at the Civic Center station)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Six productions per season with multiple performances of each plus special free events like Opera in the Park
- Ticket Prices: $15–$245, based on date, time, and performances selected. Student Rush $25, and $30 senior and military Rush sometimes available. $10 standing room tickets available for each performance
- Group Discounts: Discounts available for groups of 10 or more
- Subscriptions: Available from $60–$2,700, depending on date, time, and performances selected. Full (nine-performance), Half (four- or five-performance), Mini (three- and four-performance), Out of Town (three performances in three days), and Design-Your-Own (three or more). Subscriber benefits include 30% savings, priority ordering, easy ticket exchanges, invites to subscriber events, and discounts to the gift shop and area businesses
- Membership: Available from $75–$25,000+. Students can join at the lowest level for just $40.