Museo Italo Americano Celebrates San Francisco Opera Centennial with ‘BRAVO’ Exhibition

By Logan Martell

The Museo Italo Americano is set to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the San Francisco Opera with a new exhibition, titled “BRAVO – Celebrating San Francisco Opera, Its Italian Roots and Legacy.”

Running through October 22, 2023, the exhibition is presented in partnership with SFO and Museum of Performance + Design. Viewers will be able to explore the company’s history through silent film footage of SFO in the 1930s, including scenes with Maestro Gaetano Merola, as well as costumes, headpieces, recordings, programs, photographs, and more.

Alongside the exhibition, Museo Italo Americano will present several events, including two concerts with the EOS Ensemble and mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm at BATS Improv Bayfront Theatre. Featuring the works of Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, and more, the concerts will be held on June 1, and 3. On August 17, SFO Director of Archives Barbara Rominski will lead a presentation titled “Who’s Afraid of Dusty Old Boxes?”

SFO’s 2022-23 season will continue into June with a new interpretation of Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly,” Strauss’ “Die Frau ohne Schatten,” Gabriela Lena Frank and Nilo Cruz’s “El ultimo sueno de Frida y Diego,” and a 100th Anniversary Concert.