San Francisco Opera Unveils 2023/24 Season

"The Elixir of Love" at San Francisco Opera. Photo by Cory Weaver

Beginning with the first season of its second century, San Francisco Opera will launch a new, multi-season initiative in which Music Director Eun Sun Kim will lead performances of both Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner’s works each season. At the same time, the opera company will reaffirm its dedication to growing the repertoire by co-commissioning three new works by prominent contemporary composers.

“Our new season carries forth all of the thrilling energy of the Centennial as we welcome the community into a fascinating array of experiences and stories,” said General Director Matthew Shilvock. “I cannot wait for Eun Sun’s first Wagner opera in the house as she continues to bring awe-inspiring interpretations to our theater. I am so proud that we are telling so many new stories this season, and I’m excited to continue our innovation explorations as we chart a course for the future of opera. The Bay Area Community is discovering opera in fabulous new ways, and we look forward to welcoming many new audience members to immerse themselves in artwork that connects us, bridges differences and speaks to the soul.”

Il Trovatore

A count condemned her mother to be burned as a witch. And when her plans for vengeance go horribly awry—resulting in the death of her own son— Azucena decides to raise the count’s kidnapped child as her own.

September 12–October 1, 2023

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

One device changed the way we interact with each other and the world, but what did it do to the man whose creative zeal brought it into existence?

September 22–October 7, 2023


A woman is set against totalitarian society in Wagner’s epic masterpiece in which a knight in shining armor offers aid with a condition impossible to keep.

October 15–November 1, 2023


The true story of a 19th century Islamic scholar from West Africa, enslaved in South Carolina, but finding identity and faith through the written word.

November 5–21, 2023

The Elixir of Love

Lacking money, confidence and hope, a timid young waiter Nemorino gambles everything he has for a chance at an intoxicating romance with the alluring Adina.

November 19–December 9, 2023

The Magic Flute

Armed with nothing but a magic flute and magic bells, a prince and a bird-catcher embark on a perilous journey to rescue a kidnapped princess — only to discover that their adversary may actually be their ally.

May 30–June 30, 2024


It was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives. But just as a bride and groom toast their marriage, a devastating secret unfolds that threatens to tear the couple apart, questioning where innocence and guilt begin and end.

June 1–21, 2024


Partenope is the queen of the Paris social scene, her salon a magnet to the era’s surrealist artists as they vie for her hand in a laugh-out-loud comedy.

June 15–28, 2024