Press Release

San Francisco Opera: A Centennial Celebration


 Charles Schuler 
Director of Marketing & Communications 
San Francisco International Airport
(650) 821-5031

San Francisco Opera: A Centennial Celebration 
New exhibition at SFO’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1 celebrates one-hundred years of San Francisco Opera history.

SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco Opera has presented renowned operatic performances for one-hundred seasons, drawing international superstars, commissioning exciting new productions, and debuting legendary singers. San Franciscans have enjoyed opera since the days of the Gold Rush, when in 1851, the Pellegrini Opera Company, a traveling Italian troupe, performed the first opera in the city. San Francisco Opera debuted on September 26, 1923, with La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini, under the leadership of conductor and founding director Gaetano Merola. Nine years later during the height of the Great Depression, Puccini’s Tosca opened the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco Opera’s legendary home. This year, San Francisco Opera marks their centennial season with fifty performances of eight operas, in addition to special concerts and events throughout the city that include this exhibition.      

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San Francisco Opera: A Centennial Celebration is located post-security in Harvey Milk Terminal 1 of the San Francisco International Airport. This exhibition is accessible from November 19, 2022, to August 13, 2023, to ticketed passengers, and through prior arrangement by emailing

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Established in 1980 by the Airport Commission, SFO Museum’s mission is to delight, engage, and inspire a global audience with programming on a broad range of subjects; to collect, preserve, interpret, and share the history of commercial aviation; and to enrich the public experience at San Francisco International Airport. The Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1999 and retains the distinction of being the only accredited museum in an airport.

Today, SFO Museum operates more than twenty-five sites throughout the Airport terminals, including fourteen galleries that exhibit a rotating schedule of art, history, photography, science, and cultural exhibitions. Among the sites is the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, which houses a permanent collection of more than 150,000 objects related to the history of commercial aviation. To browse current and past exhibitions, research our collection, or for more information, please visit Follow us on,, or

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