San Francisco Opera's Opening Night Gala celebrates 97th year
San Francisco Opera Gala co-chairs Elizabeth Birka-White and Jane Mudge and Opera Guild President Mary Poland welcomed a who's who of San Francisco for the Opera's 97th opening night gala at the War Memorial Opera House.
Besides wearing glamours gowns and custom-tailored suits, prominent guests brought a creative selection of masks for the masquerade-themed cocktail party and dinner before the performance. The masks were a nod to the SF Opera's performance of Gounod's rendition of the classic tragedy "Romeo and Juliet," featuring tenor Pene Pati and soprano Nadine Sierra as the young lovers.
After the performance, the party continued with the Capulets' Masked Ball with dancing and cocktails.
The SF Opera's run of "Romeo and Juliet" will continue until October 1st.
Click through the slideshow above for photos from the opening gala
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