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San Francisco Opera Ball 2017

The San Francisco Opera Opened its 95th Season with vibrantly colored gowns, whimsical ruffles, beaded details and statement silhouettes far as the eye could see.

Photo Credit:  Drew Altizer Photography

Opera enthusiasts gathered at the War Memorial Opera hall on September 8th to celebrate the San Francisco Opera Opening Night, marking it’s 95th season.  Vibrantly colored gowns ruled the red carpet entrance this year, with whimsical ruffles, beautifully beaded details and statement silhouettes far as the eye could see. The City’s most fashionable social crowd was present, including Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and Sonya Molodetskaya, Gordon Getty, Carolyn Chang and Komal Shah. The night began with a festive pre-reception where guests sipped on champagne and cocktails while socializing and taking photos.

San Francisco Opera Ball 2017

Diane B. Wilsey and Willie Brown attend San Francisco Opera Ball 2017

San Francisco Opera Ball 2017

Sonya Molodetskaya attends San Francisco Opera Ball 2017

BRAVO! Club Gala 2017

Victoria Weatherford and Alexander Petalas attend BRAVO! Club Gala 2017

The evening began with the premiere benefit gala, Opera Ball 2017, chaired by San Francisco Opera Guild’s Courtney Labe and Maryam Muduroglu, and designed by renowned event stylist, J. Riccardo Benavides.

The highlight of the evening was a memorable performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot- a lively three act opera by famed Italian composer Giacomo Puccini and the perfect choice to kick-off the current season. Following the conclusion of the opera, Music Director Nicola Luisotti, who conducted the evening’s performance, was awarded the San Francisco Opera Medal. The festivities then continued well into the night with dancing, more champagne and further celebration in honor of the new opera season.

San Francisco Opera Ball 2017

San Francisco Opera 2017 Opening Night Performance

 

San Francisco Opera Ball 2017

Jane Mudge attends San Francisco Opera Ball 2017 on September 8th 2017

BRAVO! Club Gala 2017

Anjali Menon and Mindy Johal attend BRAVO! Club Gala 2017

 

BRAVO! Club Gala 2017

Anjali Menon, Laurie Diab, Kari Coomans, Alex Jakle, Shannon Eliot, Xanadu Bruggers, Victoria Weatherford, Laura Della Guardia, Alexander Petalas, Katie Bryant, Susan Walker, Leah Fine, Rachel Lem, Aris Damji and Nicole Jiam attend BRAVO! Club Gala 2017