SF Opera’s Evening on the Stage

Photos by Drew Altizer

The San Francisco Opera Guild presented its annual An Evening on the Stage, which honored Dianne and Tad

An Evening on the Stage

Location: War Memorial Opera House

Co-chairs: Arlene Inch and Danielle Lane

Cause: Proceeds benefited SF Opera Guild’s signature education and community programs reaching more than 50,000 students annually

Taube. The lavish affair, co-chaired by Arlene Inch and Danielle Lane, was staged among the bold and stunning designs of David Hockney’s sweeping production of Turandot.

Event designer and man-about-town Riccardo Benavides styled a glamorous evening featuring cuisine catered by McCalls and music by the band Notorious. Soprano Toni Marie Palmertree treated the crowd to a special performance.  And guests dressed to slay.  Carolyn Chandler wowed in a red gown that paid homage to Carmen. Mary and Bill Poland looked quite the pair, she in glittering gold and he in a jewel-toned cummerbund. Jack Calhoun sported a deep purple velvet jacket we immediately wanted to try on (and take home-—ha!). And don’t even get us started on the perfection that was  Karen Richardson, Deepa Pakianathan and Navid Armstrong, each resplendent in dramatically different yet equally eye-catching dresses.

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