A Night at the Opera — San Francisco Style

A Night at the Opera — San Francisco Style


I had the pleasure of attending the San Francisco Opera 2017 Gala with my husband and friends on September 8th at the beautiful San Francisco War Memorial Opera House.

The San Francisco Opera opened its 95th season with Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece, Turandot, conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti. The season started off with a bang with SF Opera’s annual premiere benefit gala, Opera Ball 2017, chaired by San Francisco Opera Guild’s Courtney Labe and Maryam Muduroglu.

A Magical Evening

The sets for Turandot were designed by iconic artist David Hockney (who turned 80 this year!) and boy, were they beautiful. Hockney’s creations originally debuted for the San Francisco production of Turandot in 1993 and were restaged in 1998, 2002, 2011 and again this year.

They were as stunning as I imagined they’d be—lots of bold red and amazing costumes inspired by ancient China.

Costume Change

As for my own “costume,” I had an outfit planned but when I tried it on the night before the gala, I realized that the top was too casual for something so grand as the Opera Ball.

I really wanted to wear my beloved Dior Constellation skirt, so I quickly looked through my closet and found my favorite Dolce & Gabbana corset top and my Dior bralette that has those amazing logo straps.

I paired the entire outfit with my Lady Dior constellation bag and was set for a night of dinner, dancing and entertainment.

We started the evening with cocktails, then enjoyed dinner in a tented ballroom in the courtyard and an after party with bites, drinks and dancing after the performance.

The décor was magical: large floral peacocks and Asian themed tabletops (Turandot is set in mythical China) made it look like we were living inside the opera!

Stay tuned for what’s next!

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