Trevor Traina, Boaz Mazor and San Francisco Opera Opening Weekend Grand Sponsor Dede Wilsey
Opera Ball 2014 Co-chair Teresa Medearis, San Francisco Opera Guild President Karen Kubin and Opera Ball 2014 Co-chair Cynthia Schreuder
San Francisco Opera celebrated the opening of its 92nd Season on Friday, September 5th, with a gala performance of Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, conducted by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role. The opening night festivities were highlighted by Opera Ball 2014: Passione, a benefit for the education programs of San Francisco Opera Guild. For the younger patrons, a BRAVO! party at Jardinière followed the performance.
On Saturday, San Francisco Opera presented its long-awaited performance of Carlisle Floyd’s American opera, Susannah, starring Patricia Racette. The opening weekend concluded on Sunday with one of the Bay Area’s most popular musical events––San Francisco Chronicle Presents Opera in the Park, San Francisco Opera’s annual free concert in Golden Gate Park.
Dede Wilsey served not only as an honorary chair for the Opera Ball but also as the grand sponsor for the opening weekend. Pictured below are some of San Francisco Opera’s VIPs for the 2014 season. For more scenes from the opening weekend, check out Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of Opera Ball 2014: Passione and The BRAVO! Party on Opening Night.
Billy Getty, Ann Getty, Gordon Getty, Vanessa Getty
Jan Shrem, Barbara Brown, Daniel Diaz, Maria Manetti Shrem; the Shrems are San Francisco Opera Amici di Nicola sponsors
John Renard, Judith Renard
San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley with Sharon Winslow and Clark Winslow
The Honorable George Shultz and Charlotte Shultz
President of the San Francisco Opera Association Keith Geeslin with his wife, Priscilla Geeslin
Delia Ehrlich, Vera Carpeneti, Jackie Erdman, Carol Benz
Tanum Davis, Sean Bowen
Nancy Bechtle, Willie Brown
San Francisco Opera Association Board Members Athena Blackburn and Timothy Blackburn
Melissa Boxer-Zill, Tracy Boxer-Zill
Brad Jeffries, Dorothy Jeffries
Opera Ball 2014 Honorary Chair Cynthia Gunn with her husband John Gunn, chairman of the board for San Francisco Opera
Jack Calhoun, Trent Norris
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography
— Related: More Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of San Francisco Opera Ball