War Memorial Opera House
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Member Reviews (9)
- War Memorial Opera HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jan 02, 2014
I love the War Memorial Opera House!
I have been coming here for years and years!
Walking up its stepped entrance and large glass doors, sauntering along its marbled corridors, going up the steps to the various seating levels, walking past the mezzanine with its little souvenir store, getting drinks and snacks in the nooks and crannies of the various levels, sitting on the wood table and chairs between the first and second balconies, looking out onto Van Ness or across the street to Louise B Davies Symphony hall.
Sitting in the Orchestra, the Grand Tier, the Dress Circle, the Balcony Circle, even the Balcony, there really isn't a bad seat in the house. I haven't sat in the side boxes, which get you very close but present a severe angle of the stage for a very high price.
I have been lucky enough to see many a ballet here. Of course the SF Ballet, the oldest in America, is always great. I have seen Nutcracker here through the years at Holiday time. It is magical, and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies always warms my spirit. Swan Lake, many others. From the Smuin artistic days to the present. Suite St Saens, Copeland's Rodeo, ballet to Frank Sinatra.
I even had the good fortune to see the great Barishnikov dance here before he retired. I have seen the American Ballet Theater, and The Joffrey here. I have even seen Opera here, like La Traviatta, and use to party here at the annual Ballet Season Grand Opening Gala.
My most recent event was the SF Ballet's premiere of the ballet Onegin, a great ballet, originally and opera, in 3 acts, with music by Tchaikowsky. Beautitully danced by Yuan Yuan as the lead Ballerina, who has been with the company close to 15 years, from Beijing. Emotive, graceful, visually stunning dance. And the SF ballet offered these tickets on Facebook as a special, only $10 each for Balcony Circle! A fantastic deal!
The War Memorial Opera House, with its beautiful stage facade, chandelier, brass bannisters, large old elevator, and art deco inspired adornments amidst the Grego-Roman like columned architecture, is truly a San Francisco treasure.
I love it!
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- War Memorial Opera HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jul 22, 2013
Come to the opera in your ball gowns and tuxedoes (or, this being San Francisco, your trendy skinny jeans and stilettos). While the season is chock full of the classics from September to early summer, the SF Opera hosts unique special events throughout the year -- including opera in the park in the late summer and events for children.
- War Memorial Opera HouseFirst to ReviewJul 04, 2012
I've had many memorable moments at this Opera house. Leave it to San Francisco to have a culture that truly appreciates this fine art and hence brings in some of the finest acts. I had the privilege of not only seeing La Traviata performed by the amazing Ana Netrebko, but also got to meet her in her dressing room afterwards. Magical!