San Francisco Opera Guild Announces Opera Ball 2018 ¡Viva La Noche!

By Francisco Salazar

San Francisco Opera’s Opera Ball 2018: ¡Viva La Noche! has announced details.

The San Francisco Opera Guild’s signature gala benefit will be presented in conjunction with the season-opening double bill of one-act operas, Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci.”

It will be co-chaired by Shannon Cronan and Kathy Huber and features event design by J. Riccardo Benavides and a sumptuous dinner by McCalls Catering & Events. The official wine sponsor for the event will be Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery.

San Francisco Opera Guild President Jane Mudge said, “Each year the bar for Opera Ball is set higher than the year before which is why I couldn’t be happier to have Kathy and Shannon co-chairing Opera Ball 2018. Through their extensive work organizing brilliantly successful events, each has demonstrated the aesthetic eye, business acumen, management skill, grace under pressure and overall leadership that are needed for Opera Ball.”

The Opera Ball will be held on Sept. 7, 2018, where attendees will promenade along the red carpet to the War Memorial Opera House foyer for a 5 p.m.cocktail reception and dinner will be served in a tented pavilion outside the carriage entrance of the Opera House at 6 p.m. Benavides. Following the dinner, more than 700 Opera Ball guests will return to the Opera House for an 8 p.m. gala performance of “Cav/Pag” and after the opera, attendees will attend the pavilion for cocktails, savories, sweets and dancing to the high-energy sounds and theatrics of Pop Rocks.

The double bill of “Cav/Pag” is set to star Ekaterina Semenchuk, Roberto Aronica, Dimitri Platanias, Lianna Haroutounian, Marco Berti, and David Pershall. Daniele Callegari conducts the evening in José Cura’s production.