Dear SF Opera: for the love of God, would you please put a regular calendar, with an obvious link, back on your awful site? And maybe restore the front-page list of the season's operas, with a link to each, the way you used to have them, before you decided it was much more important to have huge slow-loading garish photos of wankers drinking from champagne flutes than it was to provide easy access to basic information about the season?First thing is the second point: there are links to all of the season's operas, but you have to scroll down a bit from the top of the landing page to find them (http://www.sfopera.com/ ). Eventually, you'll see this:
Each of those large boxes is a link to the page about the opera named. (As you can see, the run of Carmen is over but it hasn't been removed from the roster yet.)
Now, regarding the calendar: yes, I agree, the company should have a static calendar available someplace. The URL http://www.sfopera.com/calendar.some_extension is the obvious location.
But I think it's important to understand why there isn't one: the new SF Opera web site is designed to work across different sizes of screens, from the 24" desktop monitor I have at work to my smart phone, which is on the small side by current standards.
And there's a reason the company wants its web site to work across screen sizes: I believe they've stated that 80% or so of web searches and hits for the site are coming from phones and tablets. Static calendars look like shit on small screens because they need to be a fixed size to list all necessary information. Using what's called responsive design, which looks good on all screen sizes, is the best way to do this.
I can say from looking at my dojo's web site statistics that around 80% of hits to the site are also coming from small devices....and that's why the web site uses a responsive design.
And here, finally, is the tip. To find the page for a specific opera, type the following into Google:
Substitute Carmen for name_of_opera and the first link will be to the Carmen page, for example.