Our Relationship with the San Francisco Opera
Since 1948, the San Francisco Boys Chorus has been providing trained singers for the San Francisco Opera and this tradition continues to this day. The SFBC was founded by Madi Bacon at the request of Gaetano Merola and was originally called the San Francisco Opera Boys Chorus before assuming a separate identity (Ms. Bacon led it until her retirement in 1972.) The SFBC has been involved in over 180 productions over the years since 1948.
Additionally, SFBC continues to build a strong relationship with the San Francisco Opera’s Education Department through the Opera ARIA School Program. As a partner, SFBC delivers a number of workshops each year to teachers and public school children in SFUSD. Designed to give participants the opportunity to hear good vocal sound up-close and explore the methods SFBC’s musicianship program follows, these workshops ensure that the art of choral singing and SFBC’s reach extends further than its own student body.