The San Francisco Opera ranks among a handful of our foremost opera companies, along with the MET, and Chicago’s Lyric Opera, offering superlative performances in the beautifully restored War Memorial Opera House. For our fall visit in late September, we have chosen one of the few weekends which offer the combination of two major operas and a sensational concert by the San Francisco Symphony

The operas will be Charles Gounod’s lyric tragedy, Roméo et Juliette, a cornerstone of the 19th century French repertoire; and Benjamin Britten’s searing 20th century music-drama, Billy Budd, based on Herman Melville’s eponymous American classic novella. The exemplary casts will feature Nadine Sierra opposite Bryan Hymel as Shakespeare’s ill-fated lovers; and John Chest in his debut as Billy with William Burden and Christian Van Horn as Britten’s protagonists. The production of ‘Billy Budd’ is on loan from Glyndebourne, where it was rapturously received in 2010.  Both of these stagings will be important new productions for San Francisco audiences.  

We are also fortunate to include a subscription concert by the revered San Francisco Symphony. Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (widely lionized throughout the Bay Area as ‘MTT’) will lead his finely tuned ensemble in works by Rachmaninoff and Schumann. Whenever MTT is on the podium at Louise Davies Hall, tickets are invariably sold out weeks in advance. The soloist will be the gifted Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov.

Art enthusiasts will be gratified by our morning excursion to the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, which boasts an outstanding collection of Old Master paintings and sculptures.

Late September is a welcome period in the city, without hordes of tourists. Restaurants and museums are refreshingly uncrowded, and the Bay Area generally enjoys pleasant fall weather for strolling throughout the city and for any sightseeing excursions. 

Our accommodations for four nights will again be at the deluxe J.W. Marriott Hotel, ideally located on Post Street only a couple of blocks from the city’s central Union Square. Within convenient walking distance are a plethora of art galleries and designer shops, and restaurants. The Marriott offers a full range of dining facilities and twenty-four hour room service. We have been delighted with our experiences there on our frequent visits during the past decade. IMPORTANT: Because of a citywide convention, NO rooms are available for the early night of September 18th. For that reason, we have NOT included a performance on our first night of the 19th, when East Coast travelers will have a three-hour time change.


Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $2,980
Single Occupancy: $3,620