Events at War Memorial Opera House
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The War Memorial Opera House is among the most beautiful venues in the city of San Francisco. This magnificent building, located across the street from the San Francisco City Hall, is a part of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, and it is the home of the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet - two internationally acclaimed performing arts organizations.
The building is recognized as one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in the world. Stunning design, impressive interior, beautiful stagecraft, state-of-the-art technology, and a warm and inviting atmosphere make this a place where the performing arts come alive and where the audience can get an unforgettable experience.
The War Memorial Opera House has a rich history. Founded in 1932, it was designed by the renowned architects Arthur Brown Jr. and G. Albert Lansburgh to commemorate and honor those who died in service during the World War I. It has been the sight of the drafting and signing of the UN Charter in 1945. Later in 1951, the ceremony of the restoration of Japanese sovereignty was also hosted there.
For over 85 years, the War Memorial Opera House has been an iconic destination for local and visiting music lovers. The theater first opened its doors on the 15th of October 1932 with a production of “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini and since then it has gone on to become a major part of the city's cultural life. As one of the most prestigious performance venues in the San Francisco Bay Area with a capacity of 3,146 seats, it has hosted many notable performers and performances, including famous opera singers such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and many others.
Opera has been a long-time tradition in San Francisco. It is the perfect opportunity for the locals to come together and experience the beauty of music and art. Opera offers a chance to enjoy the finer things and get away from the hectic, daily life. For the tourist, opera offers a beautiful and exclusive experience that cannot be replicated anywhere else and it is worth checking it out.