Fodor's Expert Review War Memorial Opera House

Civic Center Arts/Performance Venue

After San Francisco's original opera houses were destroyed in the 1906 quake, architect Arthur Brown Jr. was commissioned to design this stunning Renaissance-style building. Taking its name as a tribute to the city's soldiers lost in World War I, the War Memorial Opera House was inaugurated in 1932 with a performance of Tosca. It has since played host to two major historic events: the drafting of the United Nations charter in 1945 and the ceremony six years later in which the United States restored sovereignty to Japan. Modeled after its European counterparts, the building has a vaulted and coffered ceiling, marble foyer, two balconies, and a huge silver art-deco chandelier that resembles a sunburst. The San Francisco Opera performs here from September into December and in summer; the opera house hosts the San Francisco Ballet from February through May, with December Nutcracker performances. Tours are available in conjunction with Davies Symphony Hall; check online.

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After San Francisco's original opera houses were destroyed in the 1906 quake, architect Arthur Brown Jr. was commissioned to design this stunning Renaissance-style building. Taking its name as a tribute to the city's soldiers lost in World War I, the War Memorial Opera House was inaugurated in 1932 with a performance of Tosca. It has since played host to two major historic events: the drafting of the United Nations charter in 1945 and the ceremony six years later in which the United States restored sovereignty to Japan. Modeled after its European counterparts, the building has a vaulted and coffered ceiling, marble foyer, two balconies, and a huge silver art-deco chandelier that resembles a sunburst. The San Francisco Opera performs here from September into December and in summer; the opera house hosts the San Francisco Ballet from February through May, with December Nutcracker performances. Tours are available in conjunction with Davies Symphony Hall; check online.

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301 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, California  94102, USA

415-621–6600

sfwarmemorial.org

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