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Celebrating opera and its Italian history in San Francisco

Pavarotti performing at Opera in the Park at the Music Concourse Bandshell, Golden Gate Park, 1970s. PHOTO: Courtesy of San Francisco Opera Archive

Bravo — Celebrating San Francisco Opera, Its Italian Roots and Legacy” is now open at the Museo Italo Americano in Fort Mason through Oct. 22. The museo has partnered with the San Francisco Opera, founded by Italian Americans 100 years ago, and the Museum of Performance and Design, to present this exhibition highlighting the vital role of the Italian American community and artists in creating one of the largest and most respected opera companies in the country. 

The exhibition tells the story of the history of opera in San Francisco through story panels, photographs, videos, music, and memorabilia, creating an immersive experience for visitors. To complement the exhibition, the museo has developed cultural programming events consisting of lectures and concerts. Arias and Instrumentals will be performed Thursday, June 1 and Saturday, June 3, featuring renowned mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm and the EOS Ensemble performing some of the most beloved works of Italian opera from Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, and others. The Saturday concert will be geared toward younger audiences and families. Visit the museo’s website for additional upcoming programming.

“Bravo — Celebrating San Francisco Opera, Its Italian Roots and Legacy”: Tue.–Sat. noon–4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday by appointment through Oct. 22; $10, Museo Italo Americano, Fort Mason Center, Bldg. C, 415-673-2200,

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