A Royal Affair, the theme for Merola Opera Program’s annual spring benefit event, will celebrate royal opera characters on April 21, 2012, at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. Guests are encouraged to dress as opera royalty for the black-tie, tiaras-optional event, which includes a formal dinner and concert by San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellows, followed by cocktails and dancing. Proceeds from the evening will support the Merola Opera Program, one of the most respected young artist training programs in the world.
Marie Carr (center) and Jane Burkhard at Merola’s 2011 annual gala; photo by Drew Altizer Photography
Adler Fellows Sarah Gartland and Ryan Belongie performed at Merola’s 2010 annual gala; photo by Drew Altizer Photography
Austen Kness (Merola ’08) as Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni; photo by Kristen Loken
Heath Huberg (Merola ’11) as Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia; photo by Kristen Loken
Merola board members James A. Noe, III, and Anita Weissberg; photo by Drew Altizer Photography
Daniela Mack (Merola ’07) as Cenerentola and Alek Shrader (Merola ’07) as Prince Ramiro in La Cenerentola; photo by Kristen Loken