San Francisco Opera’s 89th season under way with glamour

The San Francisco Opera kicked off its 2011-12 season Friday at the War Memorial Opera House with Puccini’s “Turandot” featuring Iréne Theorin in the title role and Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducting, as well as preparations for Saturday’s world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ “Heart of a Soldier.”

Click on the photo at right to see a slideshow of the San Francisco Opera gala opening.

Festivities, of course, included San Francisco Opera Guild’s Opera Ball 2011, “An Evening in the Forbidden City,” co-chaired by Anne Marie Massocca and Susan Tamagni, and Bravo! Club’s CLUB’s Opening Night Gala, chaired by Ileana Facchini and Kelly Krueger.

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