San Francisco Opera Celebrates Pride With Performance And Parade

By Nicole Kuchta

Staff and volunteers of San Francisco Opera will participate in the city’s 2019 Pride Parade and Celebration on Sunday, June 30.

According to the press release, the company wishes to celebrate and honor “[our] LGBTQIA+ artists, staff, audience and community, and the community’s connection to opera.” This year they will march alongside SFJAZZ, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Merola Opera Program, and other local arts groups.

Earlier this month on June 19, San Francisco Opera hosted Pride Night at the Opera, which included “a pairing of Dvořák’s ‘Rusalka’ with Pride celebration festivities.” A pre-recorded announcement by Jamie Barton, Ježibaba in “Rusalka,” welcomed guests gathered at the War Memorial Opera House, which was lit up with rainbow colors. Guests celebrated by dancing to beats by DJ Liam Shy, stepping into photo booths, and enjoying specialty cocktails (a portion of the proceeds benefitted local LGBTQIA+ organizations).

The Pride Parade will begin at 10:30 am on Market Street, “with more than 100,000 spectators expected.”

San Francisco Opera’s Pride events are made possible thanks to OPERA America’s Innovation Grants and the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation.