San Francisco Opera & San Francisco Public Library Announces Season Finale of its Storytelling Workshop Series

By Afton Wooten
(Photo credit: Kristen Loken)

The season finale of “The Opera in You,” San Francisco Opera’s free storytelling workshop series presented in partnership with San Francisco Public Library is set for June 15 at 3 p.m.

Twelve selected participants from “The Opera in You” workshops will share their five-minute stories at this public storytelling celebration. During the event, three additional workshop participants will also be selected by lottery to read their stories, which this year connect to themes in San Francisco Opera’s 2023–24 season: fairytales, tales of consequence, and the comedy of love.

There will also be performances by San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Arianna Rodriguez, accompanied by pianist Cole Thomason-Redus. The program facilitator, storyteller, improviser, and teacher, Corey Rosen hosts.

The March–May 2024 series of weekly in-person workshops took place at six San Francisco Public Library branches (Bernal Heights, Golden Gate Valley, Noe Valley, Richmond, Sunset and Visitacion Valley) and was also offered via three series of weekly live online sessions. This season’s team of teaching artists was Rosen, together with writers and storytellers Nicole Apostol Bruno, Patricia Cotter, F.T. Kola, Sara Marinelli and Christian Wilburn. Since its inception in 2022, the program has been offered at nearly half of local branches.

“The Opera in You” is a partnership of San Francisco Opera’s Department of Diversity, Equity and Community and San Francisco Public Library to offer free writing and storytelling workshops at SFPL branches across the city.