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. Opera Ball 2014: Passione highlighted the opening night festivities and served as a benefit event 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.
Scenes from Opera Ball: Passione
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography