San Francisco Lyric Opera

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We’re devoted to producing some of the most thrilling, soul-stirring, and compelling opera you’d ever witness or read about on the news. More than anything else, we consistently present the most-creative international opera artists, conductors, designers, and directors throughout our stage. Our unusual repertoire and innovative productions help you experience opera as you’ve never done.


After the curtain closes, our opera effect still abides. See how we do it.



The planning process aims to generate ideas for what the performer will sing and It begins with organizing your score. 


Learning Process

Figure out which sections are easier or harder and Put in your language work before your musical work then, Learn the rhythms and notes.


Become The Character

Now is the time to dive into your character’s story and make this role your own. Gather information by meeting with an acting coach or your director to fill in the gaps.


We spark creativity across San Francisco via inventive learning opportunities, partnership, research, and artistic production.

We present seasonal immersive arts programs for young opera lovers between the age of 10-18. We offer weekly training, rehearsals, and excursions to provincial performances. It’s up to you to join our train to fulfill your dreams and impact the change you desire.

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Featured Articles

Garment Steamer or Flat Iron: Which is Better For Opera Production Team

An opera production team must always look impeccable on the stag. And the costumes are among the most important things opera artists need to be careful about. No matter how well they perform in their acting and singing roles, if the costumes are less than perfect, the entire show could be a failure of epic proportions. Which one is better for opera production teams? Let’s find out.Time efficiency Time is always a pressing issue for opera production teams. They need a fast and efficient solution to iron their precious costumes. As these are so delicate and elaborate, a garment steamer does a better job of getting rid of the wrinkles in a more convenient way than a flat iron. Besides that, ironing the clothes can potentially damage the costumes’ soft materials. Last but not least, a handheld garment steamer can be easily brought everywhere and can give convenience to the opera production teams. Hygiene Costumes used by opera production teams aren’t usually washed for months, sometimes even years and can develop bacteria or other types of fungi. By steaming the clothes, all these problems disappear, and the costumes’ life is prolonged. Plus, using a garment steamer keeps them hygienic. And finally, let’s not forget that costumes are shared by the entire opera production team, so the risk of them damaging over time is high. Luckily, a garment steamer minimizes this possibility. We cannot say the same things about flat ironing. These products don’t have any positive functions for opera costumes. Materials protection As many opera costumes contain wool or derivates of wool (synthetics) and silk fabrics, it’s very important to treat them with an extra car. Unlike flat irons, garment steamers are more subtle products that don’t damage the costumes’ materials and keep them in great shape. Ease of use and portability Traveling is part of the opera production team’s daily or weekly habits. Opera artists are always on the road. Because of this reason, the clothes tend to get wrinkled fast and very often. The solution, either ironing or steaming them. But think for a second, how comfortable is it for artists to carry an iron with them as they travel from show to show? On the other hand, a handheld garment steamer which can be easily brought everywhere is extremely useful. And an additional reason why such a device is better than a flat iron, it can save precious space in artists’ baggage. Finally, the garment steamer doesn’t require additional equipment to function (iron boards, for instance). It simply works on its own, without anything else. Conclusion If you’re part of an opera production team, then you definitely should go for a garment steamer instead of a flat iron for fixing your costumes. Even outside your work, the garment steamer has its uses, unlike the iron. For example, it’s excellent for dusting your drapes, cleaning sofas, getting rid of stains on carpets or sanitizing different surfaces. It can even work wonders in your bathroom and make it sparkle if you steam it!

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Needs of Opera Singers

Opera is a culmination of most of the art forms on a stage to present or portray a story. From singing, scenery to acting an opera artists need to be ready to do it all. Another important aspect of the performance is the costumes the opera artists wear. For most of the performances, the costumes are elaborate and long. Maintaining such costumes is a cumbersome task. The opera artists preference is to focus on honing their acting, singing and other artistic skills in their free time. However, a wrinkled costume can overshadow all the pains that an artist’s performance and spoil the show. The solution to opera artists’ costume woes is a garment steamer. A garment steamer gets rid of the wrinkles on your clothes and smoothens them out. All the artist needs to do is fill the steamer up with water and plug it in to allow the water to heat up. Once done, all the artist needs to do is hang the dress and move the steamer over the garment to allow the steam to get rid of the wrinkles on the clothes. Products like garment steamers are really important in an opera artist’s life. The answer to the question of why should an opera artist need a garment steamer is as follows: 1. Saves time Using a garment steamer to get rid of the wrinkles on clothes is fast and efficient. When it comes to opera artists, the costumes are delicate, long, and very elaborate. Using an iron to unwrinkled such costumes can take up most of the artists’ crucial time just before the show. Furthermore, ironing such costumes can harm them and the delicate ones can even suffer major damage. 2. Maintains Hygiene Smoothening wrinkles on clothes is not the only benefit you get while using a steamer. According to certain publications, steaming clothes kills odor-causing bacteria and keeps the clothes fresh. In the case of opera artists, the costumes are worn by more than one person which increases the chances of clothes getting damaged while being used. Furthermore, costumes are difficult to wash and therefore are not washed for months or even years. Steaming costumes keep them fresh and hygienic. 3. Portability An artist needs to travel all over the world to showcase their performances and mesmerize the audiences. While traveling the costumes get crumpled up and wrinkled. In order to, restore them to their original state you need to either iron or steam them. Carrying an iron is not feasible. However, a portable steamer easily does the trick. The artists can carry steamers around due to their lightweight and small size. A garment steamer not only ensures wrinkle-free clothes but also provides packing space for other important things that are needed to be carried. 4. No additional equipment required A garment steamer is the only piece of equipment that gives you wrinkle-free and crisp clothes. In case of an iron, you need an ironing board to efficiently get rid of the wrinkles on the clothes. 5. Preserving the costume material Most of the costumes are made of wool or other wool-like synthetic fibers. If not wool, then other delicate fabrics like silk are used in the manufacturing of the costumes. A garment steamer is well-suited for these fabrics and gives the best result when used on them.

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This Sunday, we got the opportunity to experience the opera called Gisela In Her Bathtub at the X Auditorium. Having a keen interest in operas, we had already heard the massive positive reception of this well-known piece from its previous renditions. Even so, we went through a number of Gisela In-Her-Bathtub and Bathtub reviews ( before stepping into the auditorium. Background and Origin Gisela In-Her-Bathtub is a popular one-act comic chamber opera. It was first brought it to life on July 16, 1991, at the Burton Cummings-Theatre of Ottawa. Even after the passing of two decades, this opera has not lost its touch. Many theatres and universities still perform this opera to relive its combination of drama, humorand melody. The renowned composer, conductor and director Neil Weisensel originally authored this opera. He partnered with his longtime colleague Michael Cavanagh who was on the libretto. Story The story of Gisela In-Her-Bathtub explores historical romance from a contemporary point of view. As the curtains go up, the central character Gisela slowly advances to her elegant white bathtub. She teases the audience just a little while she sheds off the bathrobe and the lights go off. After the veil of darkness lifts from the stage, we see her sitting in the tub preparing for a long read. We get to view the intricate design and features in mount filler of bathtub. She then picks up her current favorite book based on an elaborate historical romance. We can see all the details of this epic saga with our own eyes. The protagonists of the novel play out their book scenes on the same stage as Gisela. This novel centers around the romance between Princess Helga & Prince Olaf. They both belong to Iceland in the ninth century. Their situation compels them to go through some rough patches with each other. A family dispute and bloodsheds took their blossoming love to new dramatic heights. Gisela stays engrossed in this intense tale of love and war despite the few interruptions along the way. Performance Our Gisela on stage was graceful and enthusiastic. She kept us audience absorbed in the tale just like her. The actress playing Helga displayed remarkable talent in both music and acting. She kept fluctuating her voice effortlessly between a wide range of musical notes. Be it comic or drama; she succeeded in exhibiting apt expressions in both. Her pairing with the young lad Olaf was impeccable. The chemistry and the skills of the whole cast went hand in hand throughout the opera. Orchestra Throughout this play, the rich orchestra led by Mr. X elevated the degrees of drama and tension even more. Their music was not too overwhelming or too dull. It stroke the balance correctly by mixing up the highs and the lows. Overall, it was a pleasant experience to watch a bunch of talented young individuals gives their best on stage. Their performances created a spark which will stay lit for quite some time. The gripping melodies in the background kept us hooked till the very last second. We hope to see more of such lively and passionate opera productions in the future.

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Uncover The Best Ping Pong Game In An Opera/Theater Play

Playing ping pong in a theatre play? I bet you have not thought about that before. First, you are bound to think how convenient that would be? Where would the table fit, how would the ping pong ball roll? But before you feel too far, ping pong in a theatre play does not have to follow the conventional rules. In this post, we will discover the possibility of merging two great things; Ping pong and theatre play. Everyone loves theatre play. However, if you like ping pong and you want to see the interplay between the two, then read on. There are many aspects of a good ping pong game that can be well incorporated into a theatre play. Aspects Of Ping-Pong For Theatre Play 1. Ping pong recording: Pause for a minute and think about the sounds that an excellent rhythmic game of ping pong produces. When this sound is recorded and articulated correctly in a studio, this can be reproduced as nice theatre effects that every spectator will grossly enjoy. Theatre music is not all about lyrical music, think of the creativity that comes with ping pong recording accentuated with studio effects. Another way that this can play out is playing out scripts that incorporate ping pong scenes into their scenes. Such views can be amplified using ping-pong recording effects. It is bound to captivate the attention of spectators. It will also give an effect that spectators are not used to but will surely enjoy. 2. Animals are playing ping pong: Animals can be taught anything as well as play ping pong. Once a pet is instructed to handle the paddle ( and return the ball, the animal will play ping pong pretty well. All you have to do is get it the best ping pong paddle, and you will have set the stage for a serenading ping pong theatre performance. Think of the spectacular theatre show where two animals exchange balls in an intense game of ping pong. It would be not only fascinating but also captivating. The audience is bound to cheer. Inevitably, it will have more effects on spectators in love with individual pets. Such an unusual combination of the love of theatre, the love of pets and the love of ping pong are as exciting as any blockbuster movie already produced. 3. Audience singing along with Ping pong sounds: The magical effects of ping pong balls hitting the table, producing rhythmic sounds can be created as a singalong in theatre plays. The audience then becomes a part of the show. When popular music such as folklore or another that is popular with the audience is sang, to a background of ping pong balls music, then it would be a most outstanding piece of a theatre play. Singalongs have been known to be quite interesting for theatre plays. What better way to make them enjoyable, than when the songs are made to a background of ping pong recording. The Sounds Of A Ping Pong Ball There are many characteristic sounds which a ping-pong ball produces, depending on the surface it hits. The sound of a ping pong ball on a ping pong paddle is different from the sound that it creates when it hits the table. The sound of a ping pong ball on the floor is different from the sound that it produces when it hits the wall. The sound of a tennis smash is different from the sound the ball produces while flying through the air. Think of all of these sounds like a symphony. Where else is a symphony greatly appreciated than in a theatre play.

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