San Francisco’s Free Opera in the Park Is this Sunday

San Francisco Opera is once again hosting Opera in the Park, this year in celebration of the opening of its 96th season. The annual free concert has been held in Golden Gate Park since 1971, and it happens this Sunday.

The day will include arias al fresco (in the open air), featuring the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and stars from the fall season. Bring friends and family for a fantastic afternoon of performances.

It all begins in Robin Williams Meadow at 1:30 PM. Bring along food, snacks, or something to drink if you forget to do so, not to worry, the event has items for sale. Bring only low beach chairs and/or picnic blankets so that everyone can have a chance to see the performances. After all, 20,000 people are expected to attend.

For more information, click here.

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SF Opera Stages Wagner’s Epic Masterpiece

This June, San Francisco Opera presents the most monumental work of art ever created — Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung.

7×7.com describes it perfectly:

“Comprised of four sweeping operas, this remarkable mythical odyssey — think Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones — thrills the senses with a score that is unmatched in its grandeur, including the famous “Ride of the Valkyries” — a tune that you may recall from the helicopter scene in Apocalypse Now.”

“Despite being conceived in 1868, the Ring is incredibly relevant today.”

This is a four-opera, 18-hour epic. Not many opera companies can successfully mount this huge production. Fortunately, we live in a city that has a history of presenting (and selling out) this masterpiece since 1935.

If you want to see it in person, you’d better purchase your tickets now, because they are going fast.

San Francisco Opera, 301 Van Ness Avenue (Civic Center), sfopera.com

Where to Dine Near the Symphony, Ballet and Opera

We quote Michael Bauer a lot in our posts. That shouldn’t  be surprising, since he is an institution when it comes to dining in the City. He is a restaurant critic and editor at large at the San Francisco Chronicle, and he has been following the local food and wine scene for more than 28 years.

Yesterday the paper published a fabulous guide that he put together, detailing his favorites spots for an early dinner before a performance at the San Francisco Opera, Symphony, or Ballet. What’s more, these are restaurants that you can go to if you’re out late in Hayes Valley — a neighborhood that has emerged in recent years as a destination for foodies.

He provides detailed descriptions for each spot. Here are some of the restaurants he includes:

To read the entire feature, and to see the complete list of restaurants, please click here.

San Francisco’s Free Opera in the Park Is this Sunday

San Francisco Opera is celebrating the opening of its 95th season, and once again the opera company invites you to join them for Opera in the Park this Sunday in Golden Gate Park. It’s a free event!

The day will include arias al fresco from their 2017–18 Season and other operatic favorites — featuring Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducting the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and stars from the fall season. Bring friends and family for a great afternoon of opera.

It’s free, it’s open to the pubic, and it all takes place Sunday in Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, beginning at 1:30 PM. For more information, click here.

Free Opera at AT&T Park this Friday

This really is a unique way to experience opera, and AT&T Park, at the same time.

San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Giants invite you to Opera at the Ballpark. It’s a free live simulcast of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and it takes place this Friday, June 30, at 7:30 PM. The performance will be simulcast live from the War Memorial Opera House.

It’s your chance to join 30,000 fellow attendees for an unforgettable evening of opera – and garlic fries – under the stars. You can choose between sitting on the field or in the stands. But to better ensure you’re choice of seating, you should register now for early entry starting 5 PM.

This is quite literally an “only-in-San-Francisco” kind of event.

Happy Independence Day! Weekend Events and Real Estate News

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Happy 4th of July Weekend! We can’t wait to celebrate our nation’s independence in the great city of San Francisco. There are plenty of events happening this weekend where you can get your patriotic fix. Pier 39 is having a music and fireworks celebration over the Bay, with the events starting at 12pm, and the fireworks show at 9:30pm.

If you’re an opera fan, tonight at AT&T Park you can watch a free simulcast performance of The Marriage of Figaro. For more information, click here.

Finally, here are a few tips for parking in the City on the 4th.

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On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 6/28/15 – 7/4/15:

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) just announced that across the country pending home sales have reached their highest level in nine years. Regionally, small decreases in the Midwest and South were offset by gains in the Northeast and West.

While housing affordability remains a problem – not just in San Francisco but across the entire country – the number of homes being sold continues to rise.

Reporting on the organization’s most recent findings, Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says contract activity rose again in May for the fifth straight month, increasing the likelihood that homes sales are off to their best year since the downturn.