Release date: 2/26/2014

San Francisco Opera Guild Presents POPera!
April 10, 2014, The Fairmont

An Evening of Cabaret and Surprises Hosted by Deborah Voigt
Celebrating San Francisco Opera Guild's 75th Anniversary

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San Francisco Opera Guild presents POPera!, a dazzling evening of cabaret and surprises celebrating the Opera Guild’s 75th anniversary on Thursday, April 10 at The Fairmont in San Francisco.  Highlighting this singular evening benefitting San Francisco Opera Guild’s landmark education and community programs is a unique Cabaret Show hosted by renowned American soprano Deborah Voigt and featuring Tony Award-winning star Laura Benanti, Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff, and the hit tenor trio RomanzaPOPera! co-chairs are Romana Bracco and Marsha Monro, and Honorary Chairs are Jack Calhoun and Trent Norris.  The Presenting Sponsor is Union Bank.  Katie Jarman is chair of the 75th Anniversary of San Francisco Opera Guild.  
 
“The POPera! chairs and Katie Jarman have crafted a spectacular event to celebrate our 75th anniversary of giving voice to potential,” said Karen Kubin, President of San Francisco Opera Guild.  “Through the generosity of our Presenting Sponsor, Union Bank, and the help of producer Marilyn Levinson of Bay Area Cabaret, POPera! promises to be a not-to-be missed evening.  We can’t wait to share this special occasion with all our generous supporters.”

“Union Bank is proud to support POPera! and San Francisco Opera Guild’s education programs that bring the arts to life in our communities and for youth in our schools,” said Union Bank Executive Vice President Dennis Mooradian, head of Wealth Markets.  “We congratulate the Opera Guild on its 75th anniversary and applaud its commitment to fostering artistic programs that continue to engage our communities.”

The historic Fairmont Hotel San Francisco will be the backdrop for the evening, beginning at 6 p.m. with an elegant cocktail reception and festive buffet in the Gold Room.  At 8 p.m., guests will adjourn to the Fairmont’s legendary Venetian Room for a cabaret show of show-stopping selections from classical, Broadway and popular music hosted by Grammy Award-winning soprano Deborah Voigt.  Joining Ms. Voigt in a star-studded lineup will be Laura Benanti, Tony Award winner for her role in Gypsy and Baroness Schraeder in the recent live television presentation of The Sound of Music; exciting young performer Jonathan Groff, known for his roles in the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening and Fox’s smash television series Glee, and currently starring in HBO’s new series, Looking; and Romanza, the Canadian tenor trio known for their harmony, humor and charm.
 
Guests at the Benefactor Level and above will be invited to attend a VIP reception in the hotel’s celebrated Cirque Room prior to the performance that evening.
 
The evening will also feature a live auction featuring items including a trip to New York with front row seats for the Marc Jacobs runway fashion show during New York Fashion Week in September, and a Marc Jacobs 1984 crocodile handbag; Grand Benefactor tickets to Opera Ball 2014 with a Donald Deal gown and Ermenegildo Zegna made-to-measure tuxedo; a trip to Italy with a stay at Villa d’Este and the villa featured in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun; a Napa Valley getaway to Meadowood Resort in a Maserati Gibli; and raffle of a Bulgari Serpentine Collection watch.

 POPera! is made possible through the generous support of Bulgari, Donald Deal, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fairmont of San Francisco, IDEAS Event Décor and Production, La Marca, Marc Jacobs, Maserati of San Francisco, Union Bank, United Airlines, Wilkes Bashford and William Hill.  Media sponsors are Nob Hill Gazette and Red Carpet Bay Area.
 
POPera! is a signature event of San Francisco Opera Guild’s 75th anniversary celebrations commemorating the success of its past, its vision for the future, and its rich tradition of enthralling and nurturing students throughout the Bay Area with its innovative K–12 arts education programs.  Founded in January 1939, San Francisco Opera Guild has supported San Francisco Opera for 75 years through its fundraising efforts and by creating award-winning education programs that extend the impact of opera. Each year, the organization reaches more than 50,000 students across 200 Bay Area schools. Its longest-running program has alone reached 750,000 students since 1989. San Francisco Opera Guild also serves the community with acclaimed outreach programs for adults and families. Its six chapters reach thousands of individuals annually through lectures and events that encourage an appreciation of opera, helping to ensure the ongoing relevance of and interest in the art form.  For more information about San Francisco Opera Guild, its 75th anniversary celebrations and its programs, visit sfoperaguild.com.
 
Tickets for POPera! are priced at $575 (Sponsor); $1,000 (Patron); $2,500 (Benefactor); and $5,000 (Grand Benefactor), and may be purchased at sfoperaguild.com or by calling (415) 565-3204.  Ticket availability is limited.