Gala 2014: Up Close and Parallèle: The Live Auction


Enjoy a preview of our live auction items to be featured at our 2014 Up Close and Parallèle: A Cabaret with Sheri Greenawald. These unique OP experiences allow the highest bidder to be truly Up Close and Parallèle with “one of the Bay Area’s most indispensable assets.” Whether you plan to attend this memorable evening or not please note the original items that will be on offer that evening.

If you are unable to attend, why not call the office and place a bid with us by October 1st? (415) 626.6279


Ensemble Parallele's 2012 production of The Great Gatsby.Sit in the Pit: An Insider’s View at a Rehearsal

Meet with conductor Nicole Paiement to view the full score of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and then experience the unique perspective of sitting with the orchestra in the pit at YBCA Theater. Hear this powerful music in a way you never have before; enjoy an insider’s view of our artistic director and conductor in action. Your adventure concludes with a backstage tour and an opportunity to meet the artists.


Up Close and Parallèle: An Intimate Evening with Jake HeggieJoin Composer Jake Heggie on Stage: Enjoy a Champagne Reception for 10

This evening begins with 10 tickets to Opera Parallèle’s production of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking on opening night, Friday, February 20, 2015 at YBCA. After the performance, you and your guests are invited to join Jake Heggie, the conductor, director, and cast on stage for conversation, a tour of the sets, and a private champagne reception.


indd-Photo-Rob-ChefInvite Friends to a Spectacular dinner with the executive chef of Hayes Street Grill

Rob Zaborny, Executive Chef of the Hayes Street Grill, will create a four-course dinner with wine pairings for 8 people including OP Artistic Director Nicole Paiement and Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel. Enjoy an intimate evening full of behind-the-scenes stories from OP’s artistic leaders in Board member Judy Walsh’s beautiful Sausalito home with breathtaking Bay views.


Glen Ellen Pool-OriginalEscape to Sonoma Wine Country for 4 people for Three Nights

Escape to Wine Country in Board member Betty Wallerstein’s serene Glen Ellen home, complete with swimming pool, fireplace, and lovely Sonoma Mountain views. Bring along your friends to enjoy this 3 bedroom/3 bath home, just a half-mile walk to the charming town of Glen Ellen with its shops and restaurants. OP Board member Bob Ellis and wife Jane Bernstein host an outdoor lunch featuring local specialties at their Sonoma home overlooking the vineyards. An après-lunch walk through a selection of cabernet, merlot, and zinfandel vines culminates with a visit to the Gundlach Bundschu winery, which produces the wines from these vineyards.

Kristen ClaytonEnjoy an Opera in your Living Room: Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus

Enjoy the thrill of having Jake Heggie’s opera At the Statue of Venus performed for you and your guests in the privacy of your home. This charming musical scene for soprano and piano will be performed by beloved San Francisco soprano Kristin Clayton, who premiered the role. The libretto by Tony and Emmy award-winning Terrence McNally (Dead Man Walking) is filled with humor, tenderness, and lyricism.


indd-Photo-Super Makeup copy copyMake Your Opera Debut: Supernumerary Experience

Make your opera debut as a supernumerary in an OP production. Get fitted for a costume, be directed by OP’s award-winning Brian Staufenbiel, and work on stage beside world-class singers. And be sure to invite your friends!




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Luxuriate in Healdsburg: A Weekend Getaway

Ready for a luxurious weekend for 2 in charming Healdsburg? The best this town has to offer, right on Healdsburg Square: 2 nights in a Premiere King room at the Hotel Healdsburg and a four-course dinner at chef Charlie Palmer’s acclaimed Dry Creek Kitchen. To top things off, as guests of the owners, there is a private tour, tasting, and luncheon for 8 at Medlock Ames Historic Vineyard & Winery. Invite friends to join you for the day. With its award-winning wines, lovely garden, and organic farm, this promises to be a day you and yours will savor and long remember.


Liam Mayclem-SF backTreat Yourself to San Francisco: Gourmet Getaway for 4 with KCBS Foodie Chap

Emmy award-winning radio host and producer Liam Mayclem leads your group on a unique culinary tour of the Ferry Building and Farmers Market. The day will kick off with Liam and a famous chef doing a live cooking demonstration. Next are stops at Devil’s Gulch Ranch Stand, Cowgirl Creamery, Recchiuti Confections, Biscuit Bender, and the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant. Lunch at Charles Phan’s Hard Water on the Embarcadero, and two junior suites at the historic and newly-remodeled Warwick Hotel complete the package.