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Yale and Harvard Night at San Francisco Opera

Attend a special, discounted performance of The Tales of Hoffmann with pre-show reception and talk with Director Kip Cranna

 Yale and Harvard Night at San Francisco Opera


Yale Club, Harvard Club and Harvard Business School invite you to Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann on Friday, June 14. San Francisco Opera is pleased to offer alumni a special 30% off regular ticket prices.

Purchase tickets at: www.sfopera.com/offers

Enter code: YC13

Prior to the performance, please join Yale and Harvard alums for a joint networking no-host reception and private talk with Director of Music Administration Kip Cranna. The reception will have a cash bar and will take place on the Dress Circle level along the north promenade of the Opera House. The Dress Circle level is located 3 flights up from the Lobby level. 

New Production

A sensitive poet searches for love and repeatedly finds it lies just beyond his reach in this marvelously melodic masterpiece. Singing the title role is tenor Matthew Polenzani (YSM '94), who was praised by The New York Times as "coming into his prime...singing with increasing ardor, richness and power." He is joined by the always-astonishing Natalie Dessay, who gave "a precise, luminous and impeccably controlled performance" (San Francisco Chronicle) in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor (2008), as Antonia; Hye Jung Lee, who was praised for her vocally "fierce, gleaming beauty" (San Francisco Chronicle) as Madame Mao in Nixon in China (2012), sings Olympia; and in their Company debuts, Irene Roberts as Giulietta and Jennifer Cherest as Stella; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, "unforgettable" and "brilliant" (Financial Times) in Werther (2010), is Nicklausse, The Muse; charismatic bass-baritone Christian Van Horn performs the villains who thwart Hoffmann's desires. Laurent Pelly (The Daughter of the Regiment, 2009) directs a new production of this richly imaginative, psychologically astute gem.


  • 6:30pm No-host networking reception on the Dress Circle North Promenade of the Opera House.
  • 7pm Private talk with Kip Cranna, Director of Music Administration
  • 7:45pm Walk to your seats
  • 8pm Curtain up for The Tales of Hoffmann!

Discount is available through this special offer web page only, not by phone or in person, and expires Thursday, June 13 at 11:59pm. This offer is not valid on previously purchase tickets. We strongly suggest you order early as performances often sell out. Seating is assigned at the time of purchase and is not reserved in advance for this offer.

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