The San Francisco Opera Guild celebrated their 75th anniversary Thursday, April 10, with POPera! Departing from the opera's traditional association with foreign languages and a massive stage, POPera! took the form of a chic soiree and a lively cabaret, complete with an appearance by San Francisco golden boy, Jonathan Groff (of HBO's Looking fame).
Benefactors and performers alike kick-started the evening with cocktails and a festive buffet in the historic Gold Room at the Fairmont Hotel. Throughout the evening, guests bid on fabulous auction packages with proceeds supporting the San Francisco Opera Guild’s award-winning music education programs.
Following dinner, guests were treated to an evening of caberet, hosted by the talented Grammy Award-Winning Soprano Deborah Voigt. The cabaret show included spirited performances by iconic stars such as Laura Benanti, Romanza, and Groff for the perfect combination of contemporary performance with a nod to opera's history.