SAN FRANCISCO OPERA’S 85th OPENING NIGHT 2007
Grand foyer of the War Memorial Opera House.
Photos by Drew Altizer
BY JEANNE LAWRENCE
Each September, the divas of San Francisco society flock to the San Francisco Opera opening night to launch the social season.
Over 3,000 devotees sold-out the black-tie event! SFer’s take the dress code seriously – even some top hats came out of hiding – while ladies raided local designers for gowns and safe deposit boxes for jewels.
The gala ushered in a new era with General Director David Gockley’s first full season.
He personally welcomed each patron to the pre-performance cocktail reception in the Delilah Courtyard next to War Memorial Opera House.
Parading through the sycamore tree-lined path
While opening night’s Samson and Delilah – Camille Saint-Saëns’ biblical epic – was inherited from the previous Opera manager Pamela Rosenberg, now Managing Director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, innovative Gockley plans six new productions at SFO including a Tannhäuser, and the world premiere of Philip Glass’Appomattox in October.
Still boyish-looking, Gockley joined the SFO after 35 years with the Houston Grand Opera, where at age 29 he became the youngest person to ever lead an American opera company.
Before that there was a stopover in Manhattan to teach at the prestigious Buckley School and then earn his MBA at Columbia University.
Opening night began with the traditional singing of The Star Spangled Banner, followed by on onstage welcome from Opera Association President George Hume and Opera Board Chairman Pitch Johnson.
Then Gockley asked for a moment of silence for the opera legends that we lost this year: Joe Harris, Beverly Sills and Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
He announced that the next day’s annual Opera in the Park concert (over 17,000 people attended) would be dedicated to Pavarotti, who had just died the day before. A moment of silence honoring the legendary Italian tenor ended with a recording of Pavarotti’s signature rendition of Puccini’s “Nessun dorma.”
Italian-born opera lover, Maria Manetti Farrow commented, “The world has lost one of the most beautiful voices of this century and a great human being. He made opera accessible to the public through innovations like The Three Tenors, with Placido Domingo and José Carreras.”
Opera Gala co-chairs Marybeth
LaMotte and Cheryl Baxter
The Nicolas Joel production of Samson and Delilah was in French and starred the Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina as the temptress Delilah, tenor Clifton Forbis as Sampson, Juha Uusitalo as The High Priest of Dagon, and Oren Gradus as The Old Hebrew. Directed by Sandra Bernhard, the performance was conducted by Patrick Summers, with original lighting design by Thomas Munn.
New Yorker Francis Barlow was in town, and introduced me to her friends, Carrie Robbins and Douglas Schmidt. Schmidt designed the set with its dramatic temples and massive columns – Schmidt quipped, “But it all comes down in the end anyway.” Robbins’ was responsible for the opulent costumes.
Observing the crowd, fashion lover Sally Debenham (longtime friend of Bill Blass) noted, “Astounding! It’s a whole new group of young people in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s: enthusiastic, having a wonderful time…that bodes well for the future of opera.” Her friend, John Capizzi, General Manager of Neiman Marcus agreed.
This can be partly attributed to the young chairs, Cheryl Baxter and Marybeth La Motte. Also, the city has a young mayor, Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is running for re-election, and escorted aspiring actress Jennifer Siebel.
And David Gockley deserves credit too. He is committed to attracting a wider following for opera and in Houston he pioneered opera’s public simulcast on giant outdoor video screens, which has been copied by others.
Here, he’s utilizing SFO’s new Koret-Taube Media Suite on the fifth floor of the opera house. Said to be the first in America, the high-definition video production facility broadcasts to AT&T Park and other location.
Mayor Gavin Newsom and David Gockley,
Opera general director
Jeannik Littlefield and daughter Denise Sobel with
husband Norman Keller
George and Charlotte Shultz
During intermission the $10,000 + donors head to the Intermezzo Lounge – among the paparazzi – to mingle, chat and sip champagne. Seen in the lounge was sponsor and honorary chair, Jeannik Littlefield with her son, Jacques Littlefield and his wife Sandy, and her daughter, Denise Sobel and her husband Norman Keller.
Other production sponsors were Bernard and Barbara Osher and Joan and David Traitel, honorary chair, Cynthia Fry Gunn with her husband, SFO board member John Gunn and their son Matt Gunn with Kate Larsen, daughter of board member Tom Larsen and wife Shelia.
Dr. Robert Harvey and Patricia Pope
Another grouping included board member, honorary chair, and grand sponsor DeDe Wilsey with her son Trevor Traina and his wife Alexis; beautiful Patsy Pope in a blue ball gown from Paris; and other Board members Doreen Woo Ho andher husband James Ho; Carol Franc Buck; and Athena Troxel Blackburn with her husband, Timothy Blackburn.
Delia Ehrlich told me that her parents, Janet and Mortimer Fleishhacker, always took her to the opera as a child. “We sat in Box M every opening night,” she reminisced. “Tonight, I’m even wearing my mother’s vintage gown, earrings and necklace. She shopped in Paris at Balmain and Madame Gres and was always on the best-dressed list.”
After two more acts and another intermission – hey, at least it wasn’t Wagner – it was on to the Opera Balls!
After the performance opera devotee Jock McBaine said, “David Gockley and a newly reenergized board of directors are slowly but markedly improving musical standards at San Francisco Opera. And with the arrival of new Musical Director Nicola Luisotti in 2009, as well as an upcoming endowment drive, the future at SFO now looks bright indeed.”
THE OPERA BALLS
After the performance, guests were ravenous for the succulent dinner and swarmed the Opera Ball Pavilion. Cheryl Baxter and Marybeth La Motte, 2007 Opera Guild Ball co-chairs, looked spectacular wearing Emanuel Ungaro gownsin brilliant shades of indigo and amethyst, and jewels by Boucheron, both sponsors of the evening with Wells Fargo.
Ken Monnens and Maria Manetti
Farrow in Valentino
John Gunn and Cynthia Fry Gunn
Event sponsors Dr. Isha and Asim Abdullah now own the House of Ungaro so naturally, Isha was wearing a strapless, flowing violet and teal mousseline gown by Ungaro – who else?
The dinner sponsor was the Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe law firm, headed by Cheryl’s husband, Ralph Baxter. Apparently, pillow talk can be charitable! “We sold out months in advance and raised over $1 million – the highest ever!” Cheryl said.
Co-sponsors of the production, Barbra and Bernard Osher, celebrated Bernard’s80th birthday with 75 of his closest friends. Joan Snitzer and her husband Irwin Levy came all the way from Texas to honor the man who once owned the prestigious Butterfield & Butterfield auction house. Acquired by eBay in 1999, and by Bonhams in 2002, the old San Francisco firm is now known as Bonhams & Butterfields.
Robert Fountain created opulent Indian-inspired décor with tablecloths, chairs covers and custom made tapestries in rich, warm hues of red, maroon, and gold. Each table setting for a lavish feast, catered by Paula Leduc, was set with gold-rimmed glasses.
Centerpieces of purple and green artichokes, quince, grapes, plums, figs, and pomegranates nestled enticingly among aromatic mango and crimson calla lilies, burgundy sweet William and black dahlias.
Katie Jarman, co-chair of the 2005 Opera Ball, said, “A balmy night in San Francisco always puts opening night opera goers in a wonderful mood. The opulence of the tent with its columns, lush fabrics, low lighting and scantily-clad guards just added to an already high energy evening.”
Seen dancing to Bill Hopkins Rock’n Orchestra was Cheryl and Ralph’s daughter Ashley Baxter, who was celebrating her 10th birthday. How will her parents ever top this one?
Opera patrons attending included Cathie Johnson, Robert Mailer Anderson with Nicola Miner in Balenciaga, Leslie Hume, Mr. and Mrs. Bandel Carano, Molly and James Crownover, Lynne Edminster and Brian Atwood, Barlow Ferguson, Ann and Gordon Getty, and Susie and Pat McBaine.
Also there to support were Gretchen Kimball, Bob and Maura Morey, Lonna Wais, Shariq Yosufzai, Claude and Katie Jarman, Judith and John Renard, Nion Tucker McEvoy, Jim and Penny Coulter, Barbara Brown, Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis and Markos Kounalakis, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf and his wife Ruth, Marshall and Deborah Wais, and Steven McClellan and Elizabeth Barlow.
Shell and Craig Cardon, and Charlot and Gregory Malin
Donna and Chuck Huggins
Along with Joy Venturini Bianchi, Brandt Hooker, Dr. Barry Barron and Connie Goodrich Barron, Chuck and Donna Huggins, Chandra and Robert Friese, LindaKempner and Vera Carpeneti and New Yorkers Adelina Wong Ettelson, Christine Cachot Williams, and William Ettelson.
As well as former SF mayor Willie Brown, Robin Collins in Valentino, Phoebe Cowles, Chal de Guigne, Christine de Limur, Gail De Martini, Tom Kravis, Bernie Hagan, Lois Lehrman, Charlot and Gregory Malin, Dr. Alan Malouf, Susan and Bill Oberndorf, Robyn Paret, Paul Pelosi, Jennifer and Richard Smith, and Lisa Stevens-Gallo.
Rounding out the SRO crowd: philanthropists Diana and Tad Taube (heads of the Koret foundation), Jim Schneider and Barbara Brookins-Schneider in a Chinese-inspired Yves St. Laurent, Afsaneh Akhtari in Ungaro, Victor Thomas, whose father was opera singer Jess Thomas, Dr. Melina Jampolis, Kimberly Bakker in vintage McFadden, Craig Cardon with his wife Shell,in vintage Bill Blass, Nicolo and Kimberly Bini in from their new home in LA, and stunning Amber Marie Bently in a lime green Ungaro.
Jim Schneider and Barbara
Elizabeth and Kip Thieriot
Pitch Johnson, Linda Kemper, and David
Serge Sorokko watches wife Tatiana,
a former model in Ralph Rucci
Lucy and John Buchanan,
de Young Museum director
Nicole Miner and Robert Mailer Anderson
(on right) with friends
Joy Venturini Bianchi and Brandt Hooker
Sally Debenham in Oscar de la Renta
and John Capizzi
Former Mayor Willie Brown and
Amber Marie Bently
Gretchen and Howard Leach,
former Ambassador to France
Vera Carpeneti and Edgar Stone
Robert Shwarts and Joni Binder
in Carolina Herrera
Claude and Katie Jarman
Mayor Gavin Newsom and
Jennifer Siebel in Maggie Norris
Adrianna Pope Sullivan and
Strike a pose
Jennifer Siebel, Kimberly Bini, and
Francis Barlow, Joan Traitel, and
Lonna Weiss and
and Toni Wolfson
Dennis Flynn and Afasneh Akhtari
Andreas Rippel, Fariba Rezvani,
Adelina Ettelman, and Jorge Maumer
Lizette Bruckstein and Jason Sloan
Heide Betz and Scotty Morris
Ed and Rosemary Baker
David Gockley, Jeannik Littlefield, and Sandy and Jacques
Enjoying the terrace with the view of City Hall
Amber Marie and Christopher Bently
Michael and Susan Kulick admire
the Lexus, a sponsor
Dr. Alan Malouf
Maria Quiros, Vaughn Mulder, and
Dr. Melina Jampolis
Dolly Chammas and Isha Abdullah
Costume designer Carrie Robbins and
Douglas Schmidt, set designer
Marybeth LaMotte and Cheryl Baxter
Birthday boy Bernard Osher with Texan
Decor by Robert Fountain
Dr. Gunther Haller and Lyhn, in Oscar
BRAVO! CLUB Opening Night Gala
Meanwhile, across the street under the gilded dome of City Hall, another sold-out event rocked the house. Co-chairs Michelle Marie Robertson and Sean Cullen presented Bravo! Club’s 16th annual black-tie gala for over 450 people.
Bravo’s after party at City Hall
To bring to life the Golden Hollywood Ball theme, Hartmann Studios masterfully re-created Cecil B. DeMille’s version of Samson and Delilah. I stopped by after my party finished, only to find this party still going strong. The dance floor was packed and pulsing with the music of The Fundamentals.
Bravo Party – Roberta Economidis
Thomas Banks and Kristen Weiers
Enjoying the Bravo Party
Christina and Isabela Robinson
Chris Bergers, Kelly Grimes, and Travis Rogers
Bravo’s younger set dance the night away
Heading home after a long night
Late Late Nighters
A lucky few continued the festivities with a fabulous after party-party at Isha and Asim Abdullah’s penthouse where we sipped champagne into the wees. Such scenery and all that understated Euro-charm – it would have made Delilah jealous all over again.
Midnight at the Abdullah’s, Lonna Weiss and Dennis Modrich
Dr. Gunther and Lyhn Haller in Ocsar
Ken Monnens, Maria Manetti Farrow, Marybeth LaMotte, and Kimberly Bakker
Jorge Maumer with Dolly and George Chammas
Joel Goodrich and Christina de Limur
Justin Fichelson and Fariba Rezvani
Bringin’ sexy back
Yes, he wore it to the opera – John Ocker,
Marybeth LaMotte, and Diane Wynne
The Giants and SF Opera Partner
Several weeks later, the San Francisco Giants’ COO Larry Baer and Gockley in partnership presented to the community the Opera in the Ballpark combining high art with hot dogs, peanuts, and crackerjacks.
More than 5,000 fans flocked to the free HD broadcast of Samson and Delilah on the 103ft. wide Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision video scoreboard at the AT&T Park. Could this be a new era for Opera?
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ELEPHONE wins the “Build Your Own Ball” Contest
By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY rolled out an innovative community campaign, BUILD YOUR OWN BALL, inviting the public to play a role in selecting entertainment, fashion and the official cocktail for the upcoming 2008 Black & White Ball, Saturday, May 31st, at the Civic Center’s War Memorial Performing Arts Center. ELEPHONE, the catchy four-piece band from San Francisco’s Mission District has won the battle of the bands and will be the opening act at the Van Ness Avenue Stage at 9:00 PM. The members of elephone are a cross between Frank Lloyd Wright and Charlie Chaplin, a mighty gorrilla in a man suit. They don’t believe in the story of Santa Claus, keeping it real or the two drink minimum. Listening to elephone is shivering, moving, cinematic, dynamic, dark and literary. By making honest music for dishonest times, elephone will change everything about everything, everywhere, all the time. General Admission Party Pass tickets ($200 per person) are now on sale. AT&T is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2008 Black & White Ball.
The 2008 Black & White Ball will begin at 5 p.m. with three different VIP receptions and dinners prior to a special performance by three-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Seal in Davies Symphony Hall at 8:00 PM. Beginning at 9:00 PM, there will be “dancing in the streets” when the Ball takes flight with 12 different bands on multiple stages throughout the War Memorial Performing Arts Center before giving way to the big “Midnight Surprise.” The Ball will conclude at 1:00 AM. Build Your Own Ball encourages the public to play a role in selecting several elements of the 2008 Black and White Ball. The public will have an opportunity to vote for one of three Bay Area indie rock bands, with the winning band scheduled to perform at the Ball. The three finalists are Elephone, Minipop, and the all-girl quartet, The Hot Toddies. The selected band will perform a 75-minute set on the prominent Van Ness Avenue Main Stage beginning at 9:00 PM.
Also voted into the winners’s circle is a couture gown by Bay Area designer Sara Shepherd (to be worn by Event Chair Patricia Sprincin) and as the “official cocktail of the Ball” – a Grey Goose Vodka concoction, “The Orchard Martini”. [See recipe below.]
Gown, by Sara Shepherd & The Orchard Martini – with Grey Goose Vodka
The entertainment roster for the 2008 Black & White Ball features an impressive array of nationally renowned musical groups spanning the sounds of Latin and Brazilian beats, American roots country and rockabilly, and traditional big band styles to a Beatles-inspired cover band, smooth jazz, classic rock, and edgy hip hop sound: Marianne Kent and Bay Society Dance Band, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Boca Do Rio, Pete Escovedo Latin/Jazz Orchestra, Big Bang Beat!, Larry Vuckovich Jazz/Latin Quintet, Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra featuring Faye Carol, The Sun Kings, DJ Afrika Bambaataa, Dick Bright’s SRO, and Blues Traveler.
The auction continues now through May 29th, with a live event taking place on May 31, 2008 at the Black & White Ball Patrons’ Dinner. Items purchased here through “Buy Now” will be awarded immediately. Items not purchased at the guaranteed bid price will be awarded at the close of the online portion of the auction provided the reserve price has been met. Proceeds will benefit Adventures In Music. The auction items include exotic vacation getaways to exclusive event tickets you cannot get any where but here! So, tell your friends, family, community. Let the bidding begin! BID NOW!
SEAL – This spectacular Pop vocalist and songwriter has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide since his emergence from Britain’s house music/rave scene. He catapulted to fame with his 1991 U.S. Top Ten single “Crazy” from his eponymous album, a genre-defying fusion of soul, pop, rock, R&B, and propulsive grooves that announced the arrival of an innovative new talent. His second album featured the single “Prayer for the Dying,” receiving a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. A second single, “KISS FROM A ROSE” won multiple Grammy Awards for “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year” in 1996. In 2007, Seal returned with his latest album, the up-tempo “System” which features the Grammy-nominated single “AMAZING” .
SEAL – and CD cover of SYSTEM
BLUES TRAVELER, best known for their 1994 hit “RUN-AROUND”, Blues Traveler plays thumping blues-rock with ease. Balancing renowned musicianship with accessible song craft that blends pop hooks with blues- and rock-influenced grooves, the band plays explosive live performances. The band is revered for its epic sets, and for transforming the jam scene in the early ’90s via its beloved H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) festivals.
DJ AFRIKA BAMBAATAA is a legendary pioneer of hip-hop music. As the “Godfather of Hip-Hop,” he is known for his ground-breaking use of samples from all genres of music, as represented by his formidable hit Planet Rock. His influence continues to be felt in many styles of electronic, techno and dance music today. He has collaborated with a variety of musicians including James Brown, Little Steven Van Zandt, Boy George, George Clinton, Nona Hendryx, and Lou Reed.
DICK BRIGHT’S SRO is a 19-member group and one of the best party bands around. The band, led by emcee Dick Bright, features string, horn and rhythm sections as well as vocalists and dancers that are dedicated to making every performance unforgettable fun. They constantly update their repertoire of dance hits from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s making sure there is something to please everyone and get them on the dance floor.
PETE ESCOVEDO LATIN/JAZZ ORCHESTRA – Legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between smooth jazz, salsa, Latin jazz and contemporary music. Escovedo has played with legendary musicians including Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Bobbie McFerrin, Boz Scaggs and many others. Today Escovedo leads one of the top Latin jazz orchestras in the country performing his own unique sound.
BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS
BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS specialize in American roots music – western swing, rockabilly and traditional country. They create original dance music that is influenced by some of their musical heroes including Chuck Berry, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Etta James and Junior Parker. The band has appeared at the Grand Ole Opry and on the “Late Show with Conan O’Brien”.
MARIANNE KENT AND BAY SOCIETY bring you back to the days of the big bands. This ten-member group performs standards, show tunes and swing. Bandleader Kent sings songs made popular by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee and many others.
MARCUS SHELBY Jazz Orchestra plays acoustic bass with his 15 piece jazz orchestra. Featuring Faye, the MSJO is comprised of some of the Bay Areas most respected and sought after young musicians including Rob Barics, Gabe Eaton, Darren Johnston and Danny Grewen. Shelby and his bandmates perform original compositions as well as a broad survey of arrangements from great jazz big band composers Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Charles Mingus and Count Basie.
MARCUS SHELBY & FAYE CAROL
THE SUN KINGS – a Bay Area-based tribute band, plays the Beatles vast songbook brilliantly. Accomplished musicians and life long Beatles fans, they recreate the trademark harmonies and orchestrations with precise attention to detail. They perform with a rock ‘n’ roll energy and passion that recalls the Beatles earliest gigs in Hamburg and Liverpool. This five-member band does not strive to look like the Fab Four, they simply play the Beatles music as it should be heard.
BIG BANG BEAT is one of the Bay Area’s favorite party bands and they will keep audiences moving on the dance floor. Their music ranges from ’60s Motown, ’70s funk to dance hits from the ’80s and ’90s. Critics have called them a “surrealistic soul sensation.”
BOCA DO RIO – this Brazilian soul music is a blend of jazz improvisation and Brazilian roots music—samba, reggae and music of the African diaspora. Kevin Welch—Boca’s leader, composer, guitarist, and vocalist—has assembled a superb team of Brazilian and American musicians to perform “soulful samba and funk-laden grooves to get the whole room shaking.”
BOCA DO RIO
LARRY VUCKOVICH Jazz/Latin Quintet. Pianist Vuckovich has been a mainstay of the San Francisco jazz scene since he arrived in 1951. This group performs original songs, film noir classics, swinging bebop, post-bop, Latin/Brazilian, flamenco, blues, and more. The only piano student of Vince Guaraldi, Vuckovich is also known for his 25-year association with vocalist Jon Hendrix. His Jazz/Latin Quintet features Akira Tana on drums and Hector Lugo on Latin percussion, among other musicians.
RECIPE – THE ORCHARD MARTINI:
1 ½ parts GREY GOOSE® Vodka
1 part Apple Cider
½ parts maple syrup
Cinnamon sugar for rimming the glass
1 lemon wedge for rimming the glass
Lemon twist for garnish
Place the cinnamon sugar on a plate, rub the juicy side of the lemon wedge on the outside lip of the glass, then roll in the sugar. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice squeeze the leftover lemon wedge and drop in shaker, add GREY GOOSE® Vodka, Apple Cider, maple syrup. Shake vigorously. Strain into seasoned martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
Seán recommends these CDs for your Popular Library:
SYSTEM. Seal’s fifth studio album includes Eric Schermerhorn (guitars); Chris Bruce (acoustic guitar); Bill Bottrell (Mellotron).
FOUR. Featuring Blues Traveler band members Tad Kinchla, Chan Kinchla, John Popper, Ben Wilson, Brendan Hill and the hit “Run-Around”.
FLYING SOUTH – with Pete Escovedo. Selections include All This Love, Esta Noche, Canto Para Chango, El Alma de Carnival, etc.
BOCA DO RIO. Featuring Kevin Welch (guitar), Jon Evans (bass guitar), Dan Foltz (drums), Alex Calatayud (pandeiro), and Larry De La Cruz (percussion).
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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com.
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