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.
Verdi was not a child prodigy. He was 28 by the time of his initial big success. But much glory and many masterpieces were to follow. San Francisco Opera's Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna will trace the young composer's early development, outlining the forces that shaped him and the family tragedies he overcame. Audio and video examples will introduce us to his first published composition, his first opera, his first comedy (also his first flop!), and his first big hit.