war memorial opera house
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.
Last night San Francisco got a little greener as the 2010 recipients of then annual Goldman Environmental Prize took the stage at the War Memorial Opera House. Six winners, one from each inhabitable continent, were recognized for their outstanding achievements in conservation on a global level. Without further ado, here are this year's awardees:
1. Africa: Thuli Brilliance Makama, Swaziland, won a landmark case to include environmental NGO representation in conservation decisions.
2. Asia: Tuy Sereivathana, Cambodia, worked to mitigate human elephant conflict by introducing innovative low-cost solutions and empowering local communities.
Hundreds of little girls donning party dresses, tutus and patent leather shoes descended upon the War Memorial Opera House Thursday night to see young Clara make her way through a magical world of mice and soliders, Arabians and Russians, Spaniards and Chinese, in the San Francisco Ballet's opening night of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.
Even five years after Artistc Director Helgi Tomasson's makeover of the production, the set and costume design are still breakthaking. The Chronicle's Rachel Howard proclaimed the production "one of the best "Nutcrackers" in the country and, by my estimation, the most visually elegant."