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A Look Back at Fall 2012
Like Boyz II Men once wisely sang: it’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. We can’t believe the fall season is already over and we don’t think it’s too early to reminisce about this fantastic season.

It was a fall of treasured traditions, exciting firsts and high stakes drama. As usual, the season opened with the glamorous Opera Ball and BRAVO! CLUB Gala. Our free outdoor events Stern Grove, Opera in the Park and our simulcast at AT&T Park were inspiring and energetic. In November we had our first-ever free Community Open House where we opened our doors to curious adults and children alike to explore the Opera House with activities and live onstage demonstrations. The season wrapped up with soprano Melody Moore stepping in last minute to save the opening night of Tosca after Angela Gheorghiu fell ill during Act I. And of course, we can’t leave out our five thrilling main stage performances and The Future is Now: Adler Gala Concert.

Take a brief photo tour of the fall with us below. We are sad it’s over, but can’t wait for the summer 2013 season to begin on June 5!

[Stern Grove concert; photo by Scott Wall.]

[Opening Night Opera Ball; photo by Drew Altizer.]

[BRAVO! CLUB Gala; photo by Drew Altizer.]

[Opera in the Park; photo by Cory Weaver.]

[Opera in the Ballpark; photo by Cory Weaver.]

[Rigoletto; photo by Cory Weaver.]

[The Capulets and the Montagues; photo by Cory Weaver.]

[Moby-Dick; photo by Cory Weaver.]

[Lohengrin; photo by Cory Weaver.]

[Community Open House; photo by Kristen Loken.]

[Tosca; photo by Cory Weaver.]

[Tosca opening night; photo by Kristen Loken .]

[The Future is Now concert; photo by Kristen Loken.]


Posted: 12/18/2012 3:52:30 PM by San Francisco Opera
Filed under: 2012-13Season


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