Opera Aficionado is an exciting 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.
This May on Opera Aficionado: The End of an Era
Two years ago, in May of 2020, San Francisco Opera’s department of Diversity, Equity and Community began producing a Sunday afternoon lecture series on Zoom. Over eighty episodes later, as the world finally begins to emerge out of a global pandemic and into a new normal, Opera Aficionado is coming to an end. Join us for our final month as we celebrate two years of programming and revisit our very first topical theme, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
A regular and beloved speaker on Opera Aficionado, Laura Prichard makes a final appearance to introduce to us a new oratorio by noted California film composer Aaron Zigman. Commissioned by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, Émigré explores the fascinating story of 1930s Shanghai, as it played host and safe haven to Jewish refugees fleeing the clouds of war over fascist Europe.