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SF Opera Guild’s Opening Night Gala

September 9

SF Opera Guild kicks off the opening of the 89th opera season with Opera Ball, An Evening in the Forbidden City, co-chaired by Anne Marie Massocca and Susan Tamagni.  Hailed as one of the city’s most glamorous cultural events, Opera Ball raises funds for SF Opera and SF Opera Guild’s education programs that reach approximately 60,000 Bay Area students each year. Festivities begin with an elegant cocktail reception in the War Memorial Opera House.  Guests will then be summoned to China’s Regal Forbidden City, a majestic tented Opera Ball Pavilion designed by renowned event architect Robert Fountain. A dinner feast fit for the Emperor and Princess Turandot will be orchestrated by the acclaimed caterer, McCall Associates, under the direction of chef Lucas Schoemaker.  After dinner, the curtain will rise for the opening night performance of Giacomo Puccini’s beloved Turandot, brilliantly staged by David Hockney. Following the dramatic conclusion of Puccini’s opera, patrons will return to the Opera Ball Pavilion for cocktails, dessert and dancing the night away to the Bill Hopkins Rock’n Orchestra. For information and tickets, contact 415-565-3204.

Pictured: Co-chair Anne Marie Massocca, SF Opera’s general director David Gockley, and co-chair Susan Tamagni

Poster photo by: Robert Kusel / Lyric Opera of Chicago

Location: The War Memorial Opera House

Photographer: Leon Saperstein

Makup by: Nicolas Nini Izumi

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