TURANDOT – San Francisco Opera Opening Night Gala, September 9th

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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA opens its 2011–12 Season on Friday, September 9th at the historic War Memorial Opera House with Giacomo Puccini’s TURANDOT, featuring Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin in the title role with Italian tenor Marco Berti (Calaf) and current Adler Fellow Leah Crocetto (Liù). Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in a dazzling production designed by David Hockney. A highlight of the City’s fall cultural season, San Francisco Opera’s opening-night festivities include San Francisco Opera Guild’s Opera Ball 2011 and BRAVO! CLUB’s Opening Night Gala.

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TURANDOT, Act III
Photo, Robert Kusel

San Francisco Opera Guild kicks off the San Francisco philanthropic season on Friday, September 9th with Opera Ball 2011—An Evening in the Forbidden City, co-chaired by Anne Marie Massocca and Susan Tamagni. Hailed as one of the City’s most glamorous cultural events, Opera Ball raises funds for San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Opera Guild’s education programs while treating guests to an exceptional evening of food, beverages and world-class entertainment. The event begins at 5:00 pm with an elegant cocktail reception in the War Memorial Opera House, followed by a sumptuous dinner at 6:00 pm, created by renowned chef Lucas Schoemaker of McCall Associates, in the Opera Ball Pavilion.

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OPENING NIGHT, War Memorial Opera House Lobby
Photo, Cory Weaver

After dinner, guests will enjoy the season-opening performance of Puccini’s Turandot at the War Memorial Opera House at 8:00 pm. The evening culminates with desserts and dancing under the Opera Ball Pavilion to live musical entertainment by the Bill Hopkins Rock’n Orchestra. This entire evening will be designed by leading San Francisco event architect Robert Fountain.

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ROBERT FOUNTAIN

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Bill Hopkins Rock’n Orchestra

BRAVO! CLUB, San Francisco Opera’s group of young professionals dedicated to building a new audience for opera, presents its 20th anniversary opening night gala on Friday, September 9th, co-chaired by Ileana Facchini and Kelly Krueger. BRAVO! CLUB begins the evening at 5:00 pm with a pre-performance cocktail reception. Dinner will commence at 6:00 pm under the San Francisco City Hall rotunda, featuring a menu of elegant California cuisine created by Melons Catering and paired with local wines. After dinner, guests will enjoy San Francisco Opera’s performance of Puccini’s masterpiece Turandot at the War Memorial Opera House. The evening concludes back at City Hall with dancing to DJ Dojah, with delectable desserts and savories by Melons Catering.

— TURANDOT —
10 Performances: September 9th through November 25th
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Iréne Theorin (Turandot) and Marco Berti (Calaf)

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Seán Martinfield
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