San Francisco Opera Expands Online Programming with Family-Friendly Streams and Workshops

By Logan Martell

Keeping audiences connected over the summer, San Francisco Opera has expanded its online programming with a number of broadcasts, discussions, workshops, and more.

Through the month of July, the company’s “Opera in an Hour Movies” will be available to stream on-demand. These family-friendly streams include lesson plans and educational resources that were previously only accessible to teachers in the Bay Area.

The works offered in this series are Bizet’s “Carmen,” Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love, Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Puccini’s “Girl of the Golden West,” and Rossini’s “Cinderella” and “Barber of Seville.” The performances are sung in English, with the exception of “Cinderella” and “Girl of the Golden West.”

The company’s weekly lecture series, “Opera Aficionado,” continues on Sundays, with interactive conversations hosted by company speakers such as Robert Hartwell, Dr. Clifford Cranna, and Michael Bragg. This Sunday’s episode is titled “Opera for Laughs: Great Comic Moments in the World of Opera.”

On July 17, the company’s Department of Diversity, Equity, and Community will host an encore presentation of its virtual “First Act Workshop” on Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Due to the interactive nature of the workshop, with singing, dancing, and creative activities, attendance is limited to 20 households.

The Department of Diversity, Equity, and Community has also developed a weekly program, “Family Fun Fridays,” which will showcase original songs and works by students artists, exploring social and historical themes that resonate with them. This program is meant to foster critical thinking and curated discussions.