Community Programs

Enrich your opera experience with a wide range of community programming, including interactive workshops for families with children, seasonal programs for teens, adult workshops and much more.

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family Events

First act workshops

For families with children ages 6 and younger.

Upcoming Workshops:

Saturday, November 10, 2018
The Cunning Little Vixen's Adventure

Exploration Workshops

For families with children ages 6 and older.

Upcoming Workshops:

Saturday, November 24, 2018
All About It's a Wonderful Life

Sunday, June 23, 2019
All About Carmen


For all ages! Free!

Upcoming Screenings:

View full list of events here.

Kids and Teens

We offer seasonal, immersive arts programs for ages 10–18.

opera scouts singing during a performance

September to June | Ages 12–18

Opera Scouts

Meet weekly for training, rehearsals and trips to local performances.

students performing at the performing arts connection community showcase

Spring | Ages 11–14

Performing Arts Connection: Spring Break for Middle Schoolers

Fill your spring break with music, poetry, dance, theater and digital media storytelling!

students performing an opera during the summer conservatory

Summer | Ages 10–18

Summer Conservatory

Sing your way through three weeks of non-stop opera and theater.

CarTUNE Afternoon

Fun For All

CarTUNE Afternoon

Classic cartoons filled with classical music. Free!

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, November 10:
Holiday Fun

ARIA Festival

Enjoy original student performances and workshops by community partners plus crafts and performing arts activities for all ages. Free!

Save the Date:

Saturday, May 4, 2019

San Francisco Opera at San Quentin State Prison

San Francisco Opera Education brings classical music to San Quentin State Prison.

Learn more

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Behind the Performance

Expand your understanding and enjoyment of this season’s productions.

Opera Previews

Learn more about this season's operas in these 90-minute previews led by lively opera experts.


Get a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creative process with our cast and production team members.


Backstage Tours

Discover the magic that happens behind the scenes and learn all about the War Memorial Opera House.