Fandom of the Opera: The Best Shows From the SF Opera You Shouldn’t Miss This Year

There are so many reasons to fall in love with opera. It’s one of the most soothing and soulful pieces of music you’ll ever hear, and the stories and costumes that go with it make it even more beautiful. Opera is the most celebrated of art forms, one that millions of people have come to appreciate.

An opera show is for everyone, regardless of their age or gender. It’s one of the most culturally rich experiences, full of drama, emotion, love, and loss, all paired with heartbreakingly beautiful symphonies.

San Francisco hosts numerous opera shows that are worldwide famous for their exceptional performances. If you’re visiting the city this year, don’t miss out on them!

Here are the best shows from the San Francisco opera you shouldn’t miss this year:

Romeo and Juliet

Experience this classic tale of love through opera this year in San Francisco. Taking place from the 6th September–1st October, this is a show you just can’t miss!

Romeo and Juliet are one of the youngest (and most famous) lovers in English Literature. Running away from their rival clans who are against their union, the young lovers escape the city of Verona, only to have their story end tragically before it even began.

Take in Shakespeare’s epic tale of love, drama, and tragedy through Charles Gound’s stunning opera and feel it through his touching hymns.

Billy Budd

Enjoy Benjamin Britten’s iconic tale of Billy Budd in San Francisco this year from the 7th–22nd of September. It revolves around Billy’s emotional and traumatic experience during his service in the English army, and uncovers the irony of the innocent facing injustice, where the enemy gains triumph.

Though the initial production of Billy Budd was in 2010, its staging in the San Francisco Opera will be the first of its kind in around 15 years. With breathtaking performances and heartfelt tunes, this opera is one that you won’t be able to forget.


Hansel and Gretel

This popular children’s tale is ideal for the fans of Grimm fairy tales and the modern takes on them and perfect for all the Disney fanatics too. Taking place from 15th November–7th December, this majestic opera is bound to give you goosebumps.

Discover the magic behind the woods found by Hansel and Gretel as they go on a hunt for strawberries, and the unprecedented danger they face. Get ready to take in the colorful sets and splendid opera that blend the iconic tale perfectly together!

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