San Francisco Opera Opening 2015

San Francisco Opera opened its 93rd season on September 11, 2015. A near capacity crowd of 3,000 filled the seats at the War Memorial Opera House for Verdi’s Louisa Miller, produced by Francesca Zambello. Some 800 of those ticket holders filled the tent for Opera Ball, and 300 gathered at Jardiniere restaurant for the BRAVO! post-performance party.

Though not a traditional ball, the pre-performance dinner and after-party branded Opera Ball inspired ballgowns and dresses worthy of any red carpet. My top-ten looks, in alphabetical order: Barbara Brown in Alexander McQueen, Paula Carano in Oscar de la Renta, Carolyn Chandler in Reem Acra, Carolyn Chang in Andrew Gn, Nancy Kukacka in Tom Ford, Stephanie Marver in Oscar de la Renta, Deepa Pakianathan in Rubin Singer, Paula Pretlow in Oscar de la Renta, Komal Shah in Oscar de la Renta, Mary Beth Shimmon in J Mendel and Allison Speer in Andrew Gn.

Photos by Drew Altizer Photography

If you counted, you know I did not narrow it down to ten! In addition, high honors to all of the women who wore creations from local fashion designer Vasily Vein.

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