The San Francisco Opera has the distinction of being the second largest company in North America for Opera. The company was started by two San Francisco, California natives: Gaetano Merola and Kurt Herbert Adler in 1923. Merola lead the company until 1953, while Adler was in charge from 1953 to 1981. They were legendary for their managerial skills in the United States and other parts of the world. David Gockley is the sixth director for the San Francisco Opera company. He took over in 2006 after 30 years with the Houston Grand Opera.
Each season the opera company puts on a variety of different shows. Their latest season has or will include Aida, Werther, The Marriage of Figaro, Madama Butterfly, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Makropulos Case, and The Ring of the Nibelung. The shows change in order to keep residents from seeing repeat performances, and also to bring about education. There are numerous operas to choose from based on a variety of artists, thus it is important to offer a variety of these performances to fit their audience.
They offer both matinee and evening performances for their shows, ensuring that everyone can attend. Tickets will range in cost based on seating.