Enjoy premier seating for three outstanding operas and go backstage at the historic San Francisco opera house—acclaimed for its lavish productions, accomplished artists, and beautiful setting.

Starting at: $3,695 Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
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Smithsonian at the San Francisco Opera

4 days from $3,695

Enjoy premier seating for three outstanding operas and go backstage at the historic San Francisco opera house—acclaimed for its lavish productions, accomplished artists, and beautiful setting.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Acclaimed for its lavish productions, accomplished artists, and beautiful setting, the San Francisco Opera will intrigue and delight longtime opera aficionados and novices alike.  

Highlights Include

  • Performances: Enjoy premier seating for three outstanding operas, including Verdi’s Rigoletto, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Puccini’s La Bohème
  • Backstage Tour: Go backstage at the historic opera house and meet with tomorrow’s superstars from the Merola Opera Program. 
  • Opera Expert: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Arthur Kaplan presents daily lectures to enhance your enjoyment of each performance. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Arrive, Don Giovanni

Individual arrivals at the Omni San Francisco Hotel. Gather with Arthur Kaplan, your Smithsonian Journeys Expert, in the hotel lobby and depart for the short walk to your spectacular welcome dinner. Opening remarks by Arthur Kaplan on Mozart’s Don Giovanni. A dynamic cast stars Italian base Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in the title role, joined by Marco Vinco as his comic servant Leporello and Ana María Martínez, who leads the host of avenging women in this inventive restaging of Mozart’s masterpiece. This evening attend your first performance, Don Giovanni. (R,D)

Day 2 — Rigoletto

Remarks by Arthur Kaplan on Verdi’s Rigoletto, followed by a meeting Sheri Greenwald, the Director of the San Francisco Opera Center. This afternoon attend a Merola Opera master’s class and enjoy a back stage tour of War Memorial Opera House. Attend Rigoletto this evening, where three widely heralded artists leads the cast; rich-voiced baritone Quinn Kelsey, dazzling soprano Nino Machaidaze and tenor Pene Pati.

Day 3 — La bohème

Gather for a discussion on Puccini’s La bohème. Remainder of the morning and afternoon at leisure. This evening depart for the San Francisco Opera House for your festive farewell dinner at Jardinière. This evening attend your final opera, La bohème, where sweeping melodies and rich, heartfelt harmonies drive home the joy and sorrow of struggling young artists in 19th century Paris. Tonight, a cast of acclaimed talent takes on the lead roles under the baton of conductor, Carlo Montanaro.

Day 4 — Depart

Individual departures from the Omni San Francisco Hotel.