opening night at the san francisco opera

“One starts to get young at the age of sixty.”
Pablo Picasso

One of the things that I love about Stockton is it’s proximity to so much. When Joseph suggested going to the Opening Night at The San Francisco Opera, in white tie and tails for my 60th Birthday, I have to admit that I wasn’t quite sure about it. I was concerned about feeling out of my comfort zone by being over dressed. I like opera and enjoy getting dressed up occasionally so I decide to jump in with both feet. Having over a month to prepare gave me time to adjust and the extensive preparations built up my anticipation. As we worked on our outfits and shopped for everything else that we would need we share our plans with family and friends who also got excited and wanted pictures of our evening. By the time the big event arrive I was not just prepared but excited about it. It turned out to be a greater experience than I ever could have imagined.
We stayed at the beautiful W Hotel in San Francisco, as a result of a generous friend. We also had a wonderful dinner there before the opera. The hotel was chic and the service impeccable. The staff was so attentive at dinner that I started to feel like a VIP Guest. We took a cab to the Opera House and upon entering I was struck by the elegance and grandeur of both the building and all of the other people that were attending. We definitely were not over dressed. The attire spanned a range from classically elegant to modern and chic along with a a few creative people that marched to their own tune and one guest in authentic Scottish attire

The Opera itself was another truly amazing experience. The interior of the the opera house is beautiful and felt like it could easily have been located somewhere in Europe. The production of Rigoletto was another masterpiece in the total experience. From the sets which were inspire by Surrealist painter Giorgio de Chirico with their simple design done in bold colors made a great backdrop to the great performances of the cast. We finished the evening off back at the W with a glass of champagne. It’s nice when an experience lives up to expectations but those expectations were exceeded by so much that it became a memory of a lifetime.

Joseph Osborne & Bill Schoenleber

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