Everyone knows that the opening night Opera Ball is a glamorous event full of flowers,  decorations, food, libations and of course, fashion! But there are many who attend the opening night performance alone, without attending one of the galas--and we wouldn't want them to miss out on the glamor! Every year, Opening Weekend Grand Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey donates a beautiful, hand crafted and unique flower garland to adorn the boxes of the War Memorial Opera House. To most of us, the flowers seem to simply appear on opening night to add a colorful, whimsical decorative element to the special evening...but we knew there was more to it than that. This time, we decided to find out a little bit more about the people and process behind the opening night flower garland. And boy, did we learn a lot!
Posted: 09/12/2012 by San Francisco Opera


Planning for Opera in the Park begins a full year ahead of the event. The first (and maybe most important) step happens the day after the previous year’s concert, when we call San Francisco Rec & Park to reserve our date.





Posted: 09/10/2012 by Jeremy Patfield (Production Administrative Assistant)


You might recall that back in May we announced our first ever ‘Snap and Post to Win’ contest. The concept was (and is) simple: If you’re out being your fabulous self, attending an opera performance, we want to see you at our Photo Corner! If you share your photo with us, you’ll be entered in drawings for two fabulous prizes!



Posted: 09/06/2012 by San Francisco Opera Social Media


San Francisco Opening Night is always a dazzling affair, and this year’s Opera Ball – in honor of the 90th season – will be no exception. The ball itself will be sumptuous, thanks to the magic of Event Designer Robert Fountain, who has orchestrated a beautiful tented pavilion fit for royalty. Guests will also feast on an Italian meal that would make the Duke of Mantua proud - impeccably prepared by McCall Associates. And of course, we look forward to the sure-to-be-stunning performance of Verdi’s brilliant and dramatic Rigoletto, conducted by the most passionate Italian of them all, Maestro Nicola Luisotti. Guests have come to expect delightful surprises at Opera Ball, and we will not disappoint! It will truly be a night of splendor, from the Rigoletto costumes onstage to the gorgeous gowns and debonair tuxedos worn by Opera Ball patrons in the Opera House.

Posted: 09/05/2012 by Cathy MacNaughton, Co-Chair, Opera Ball 2012


Sitting around a table enjoying happy hour with a couple of my brother’s friends, I casually mentioned that I had attended a performance of The Marriage of Figaro and really enjoyed it. One friend, who I shall do the service of not naming, said “Anna, I didn’t realize you attended operas!” “Oh!,” I replied, “it’s one of the great perks of working at San Francisco Opera—I get to see every production we do!” “Wait,” he said, “you work at the Opera?” He started laughing, and unfortunately continued: “I imagine you and seven other people crammed around a table sewing a bustier or something.”

Posted: 08/31/2012 by Anna Sopko Wright (Sr. Marketing Manager, Subscriptions)


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