Live and In Person: The Homecoming
Different times called for different measures at the San Francisco Opera, where an event called Live and in Concert: The Homecoming replaced the traditional Opera Ball.
Music Director Eun Sun Kim led soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, and the opera orchestra in a concert for 2,000 guests at the War Memorial Opera House. The concert was simulcast free to 7,000 fans at Oracle Park.
A scaled-back, pre-performance reception and post-show dinner for 90 patrons substituted safety for grandeur. No gowns or tuxedos, either. The attire of the moment was simpler: masks and blue lapel pins signifying vaccination.