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Photos: San Francisco Opera Ball 2012

On September 7, San Francisco Opera opened it's 90th anniversary season with an exuberant, elegant celebration at the War Memorial Opera House. The evening's theme—Notte di Spendore—telegraphed the gala's highlight: a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s brilliant and dramatic Rigoletto conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti.

Artist Jun Kaneko Unveils Giant Heads

The earthy color palette of historic buildings lining Van Ness is about to see a burst of bright colors. Acclaimed ceramic artist Jun Kaneko will unveil his two 6-foot heads on Wednesday, June 6 at 11 a.m. in front of the War Memorial Opera House. The sculpture installation coincides with the premiere of SF Opera's run of Mozart's The Magic Flute (June 13–July 8), for which Kaneko designed the set.

Get Flossy For SF Opera's 2011-12 Season Opening Gala, Featuring Puccini's "Turandot"

Operaphiles, get ready for the SF Opera's 2011-12 Season BRAVO! Club Opening Gala next week on September 9. Get your hair done, don your fanciest attire and indulge yourself in a glittering night starting at 5pm with cocktail receptions and an elegant seated dinner accompanied by a performance of Puccini's classic, Turandot.

Calling All Men: Bring Your Guns to the SF Opera and You Could End Up Onstage

The words "seeking adult males with strength and athletic ability," read more like a porn audition, male model call, or kinky personal ad than they do of a press release from the SF Opera, but hey, it caught our attention. And now it's got yours. It's so good we just had to repeat it for you, word by word:

Opera in the Park to Serenade Hippie Hill This Sunday

This Sunday, opera takes Hippie Hill back from the drum circles. Spread out a blanket in Golden Gate Park for a leisurely afternoon of opera floating through the trees to soothe your soul before another work week.

San Francisco Halloween Costume Guide

With just one full weekend left before Halloween, it’s time to get down to brass tacks on the costume front. Whether you’re in need of a finishing touch or a head-to-toe look, whether you'd prefer to buy or would just as soon D.I.Y., we offer up this list of the City's best bets to help you in your Halloween costume quest:

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SF Opera Opening-night Gala



“New” was the zeitgeist in play Friday at the Opera Ball celebrating the 87th season opener of the San Francisco Opera.

New Music Director, Nicola Luisotti. New gala format. New production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. A new, new economy in which to operate. As well as “new media,” embodied by the glamorous presence of Arianna Huffington.

And a sellout crowd of over a thousand gala guests, ably guided by Opera Ball co-chairwomen Teresa Meaderis and Adrianna Pope Sullivan, enthusiastically showed their support for this beloved and world-renowned company.

SF Opera: Porgy & Bess

If you weren’t able to score tickets to the stellar San Francisco Opera production of Porgy and Bess, then Summertime opera ain’t necessarily going to feel very easy.

Unfortunately this oh-too-brief engagement of George and Ira Gershwin’s American operatic masterwork is fleeting as sweet summer itself.

We’ll leave the heavy, analytical lifting to the experts. But for lucky ticket-holders last week at opening-night, Porgy and Bess was, simply, thrilling.

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