Student Night at the Opera

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Student Night at the Opera

2023-2024 Season Student Night at the Opera

Madama Butterfly
By Giacomo Puccini
(Sung in Italian with English and Spanish text projected above the stage)
Wednesday, April 24, 2024
6:30 – 9:00 P.M.

Amidst the cherry blossoms of Nagasaki, a young woman makes a stand to support herself as a geisha after her disgraced father takes his life. Fate intervenes and brings her an American Naval Officer and she falls desperately in love. Unaware she is just a distraction to him, she believes they are married and renounces her religion as he sails away promising to return. And he does return, ready to take their child and raise him with his American wife.  With her broken heart, she must choose to live with dishonor or die with honor.

Study Guide for Madama Butterfly
Click here to download our Madama Butterfly Study Guide for educational information and activities to share with your students.

Grades 3-12 only + chaperones

This program is not designed for students younger than 3rd grade. The theatre does not have facilities to adequately address the needs of infants.

To join the Student Night at the Opera email list, please send your contact information to All performances will be at the San Diego Civic Theatre in downtown San Diego.

Program Description

The lights have dimmed. The conductor raises the baton, and the curtain goes up! Welcome to a night at the opera, made accessible and affordable to students in Grades 3-12!

The Student Night at the Opera program provides students and their chaperones access to the final dress rehearsal of our Main Stage productions. You’ll hear the opera stars sing accompanied by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, see the cast and chorus in spectacular costumes, watch the backstage set transformations and, on occasion, be introduced to some of the performers and crew who make the productions possible. And as with all San Diego Opera productions, English translations projected above the stage let you follow every detail of the action. The audience will see the operas in their entirety.

Thanks to generous donations from our sponsors, each year more than 7,500 students attend San Diego Opera performances in the Civic Theatre in one of the most popular Education programs offered by the Company.

Program Length
Between 2 and 3 hours

Tickets may be requested only through our online form. Please send an email to with your complete contact information and the name of your school or group  to ensure you are notified when we begin accepting ticket requests. Advance registration is required.

Tickets are free of charge, but advance registration is required.


  1. SDO will reimburse all schools and groups for transportation expenses up to $500.
  2. You must schedule your own buses.
  3. Schools in districts that provide school buses must use those district buses. San Diego Opera is not able to reimburse schools with access to school district buses for charter bus expenses.
  4. Only schedule a bus after you have been informed about the status of your ticket request.
  5. Within 30 days of the Student Night event, invoice San Diego Opera directly (the maximum invoice amount is $500) by submitting an electronic invoice to
  6. Each invoice must be addressed to San Diego Opera, identify the school or group, include the date of the Student Night, and bill San Diego Opera for the amount due.

This program is limited to organized groups of youth and school groups only. Chaperone ratios are limited to no more than one chaperone per ten students attending via school bus transportation, and no more than one chaperone per four students attending via car.

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