April 10, 2014   6:00 PM

The Fairmont, Nob Hill
Opera Guild Event
  Presenting Sponsor 

San Francisco Opera Guild is thrilled to announce a special one-night-only event celebrating our 75th anniversary on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The historic Fairmont Hotel San Francisco will be the backdrop for POPera!, an incredible evening of entertainment, glamour and more.
The excitement will begin at 6:00pm with an elegant cocktail reception and festive buffet in the Gold Room. Guests will adjourn to the Venetian Room to enjoy a spectacular cabaret show hosted by Grammy Award-Winning Soprano Deborah Voigt. Joining Ms. Voigt in a star-studded line up will be Laura Benanti, Jonathan Groff, and Romanza.
Guests at the Benefactor Level and above will be invited to attend a VIP reception in the celebrated Cirque Room prior to the performance that evening.
Seating is limited and this event is certain to sell out early.  We encourage you and your guests to secure reservations in advance by using the event form.
Proceeds from POPera! support San Francisco Opera Guild’s award-winning music education programs that have served children in Bay Area schools for 75 years. Annually, more than 50,000 students in nearly 200 schools throughout Northern California receive the benefits of arts education as only opera can deliver. Your participation ensures that San Francisco Opera Guild will continue our tradition of introducing children to the beauty and excitement of opera and giving voice to potential.
We are delighted to bring you this not-to-be-missed event. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (415) 565-3204 and we hope you and your friends will join us on April 10th!

Marsha Monro                 Romana Bracco                  Katie Jarman                     
POPera! Co-Chair           POPera! Co-Chair               75th Anniversary Chair

POPera! Live Auction Packages

Wine Country Escapade
The hum of a luxury engine will be your song as you and your guest cruise through the Wine Country. This adventure begins as you step into a beautiful 2014 Maserati Ghibli and head out onto the open road. This amazing vehicle is yours for two days as you explore the Wine Country and beyond. A two-night stay at the Relais & Châteaux-awarded Meadowood, with gourmet breakfast, will be your slice of heaven in Napa Valley. Relax and indulge at Ram’s Gate Winery, designed by architect Howard Backen, and savor “Palate Play", a winery tour and seated wine & food pairing for four, and a one-year membership to the Sip Wine Club that includes 18 bottles of wine!
Value: $6,500
Donors: Fiat Maserati of San Francisco, Meadowood Napa Valley, Ram’s Gate Winery

San Francisco Opera’s 2014 Opening Night Extravaganza
On September 5, 2014, courtesy of Wilkes Bashford, you and your guest will feel like royalty.  Before nightfall, you will slip into your Donald Deal Dress and made-to-measure Ermenegildo Zegna Tuxedo which will be created and tailored at your private fashion appointment at Wilkes Bashford. With two Grand Benefactor tickets to Opera Ball 2014, you will journey from The Fairmont San Francisco to City Hall to dine, surrounded by extraordinary décor by Riccardo Benavides of IDEAS, and feast on a five-star dinner by McCalls Catering & Events. The War Memorial Opera House will be the setting of the Opening Night performance of Norma, where - lucky you - will have two of the best seats in the house!
Value: $20,995
Donors: Donald Deal, Ermenegildo Zegna, San Francisco Opera, The Fairmont San Francisco, Wilkes Bashford

Grand Italian Escape
“Was that George Clooney?” you ask each other incredulously… Your Italian adventure begins the second you buckle into United Airlines Business-Class seats, roundtrip of course! You arrive at Lake Como, the blissful locale for Hollywood’s elite to hob nob, where you will spend two luxurious nights at the world-famous Villa d’Este. From there, travel to the land Under the Tuscan Sun for a one-week stay in the Villa Laura (sleeps 20 guests) where this romantic movie was filmed. Our grandiose Italian package is perfetto for lovers and friends alike.
Value: $39,800
Donors: United Airlines, Villa d’Este, Villa Laura

Marc Jacobs NYC Fashion Week
Happy Anniversary San Francisco Opera Guild and Marc Jacobs!    The winning bidder will have the ultimate fashion accessory a 30th anniversary edition of Marc Jacobs’ “1984” Crocodile Handbag (retail value $26,000). This beautiful bag is the perfect combination of high style and impeccable craftsmanship! In addition, you and a guest will jet off in United Airlines Business-Class to New York Fashion Week where you will enjoy two nights in a first-class hotel and front row seats at the Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2015 Ready-to-Wear runway presentation in September 2014. The winning bidder will arrive in NYC in style with a fabulous outfit from the Fall 2014 collection (retail value $4,000) personally selected for her by the Marc Jacobs boutique in San Francisco. This priceless package is the dream trip for the fashion-minded!
Value: Priceless
Donors: Marc Jacobs, United Airlines

Bulgari Serpenti Collection Tubogas Watch Raffle   


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Special thanks to our generous sponsors and donors
Union Bank
OFFICIAL AIRLINE                                   
United Airlines
J. Riccardo Benavides of
Ideas Event Décor & Production
Marilyn Levinson, Bay Area Cabaret 
Nob Hill Gazette
Red Carpet Bay Area
WINE SPONSOR                                         
William Hill Estate Winery ®                                                           
SPARKLING WINE SPONSOR                                         
La Marca Prosecco®     
Blue Angel Vodka
Live Auction Donors
Donald Deal
Ermenegildo Zegna
Fiat Maserati of San Francisco
Marc Jacobs
Meadowood Napa Valley
Ram’s Gate Winery
San Francisco Opera
The Fairmont San Francisco
United Airlines
Villa d’Este
Villa Laura
Wilkes Bashford
Special Thanks  
Lenny Broberg
Drew A ltizer
And thanks to Marilyn Levinson of Bay Area Cabaret for assisting us with securing the talent