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Opening Nights

Opening night photos from San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago.

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© Drew Altizer (all SFO); © Steve Cohn (All LA Opera); © Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera (All Met except Clarkson); © Julie Skarratt/Metropolitan Opera (Clarkson); © Chris Lee (all NYP except Salonens); © Julie Skarratt (Salonens); © Todd Rosenberg (Fleming/Jessell); © Robert Kusel (Wilde/Owens)

 SAN FRANCISCO     ⓵ Among those in attendance at SFO’s opening-night ball were, clockwise from bottom, the Honorable Willie Brown and Sonya Molodetskaya; Opera Ball co-chairs Jane Mudge and Karen Kubin with Linle Froeb and Opera Guild president Charlot Malin; and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi 

 LA OPERA     ⓶ LA Opera kicked off its thirtieth-anniversary season with Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci, starring Plácido Domingo and Ana María Martínez. Distinguished guests of the Opera Ball included, from left, Katharine McPhee, Christoph Waltz and Kate Walsh

 THE MET     ⓷ A star-studded assembly lined Lincoln Center Plaza for the Met’s season-opener of Otello—from left to right, Ellen Burstyn; Jessica Chastain; Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren; Bette Midler; Brooke Shields; Patricia Clarkson; and Alexander Skarsgård.

 NY PHIL     ⓸ 740 guests attended the NY Philharmonic opening gala, which also marked the inauguration of the newly named David Geffen Hall. (Geffen is pictured, top, with Alan Gilbert.) Guests of the gala included, from left, Kajsa William-Olsson, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Salonen and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

 LYRIC OPERA     ⓹ The Hilton Chicago housed Lyric Opera of Chicago’s post-Nozze di Figaro ball this year. The festivities included a grand entrance by Chicago opera figures, including Renée Fleming (pictured with her husband, Tim Jessell), soprano Laura Wilde and Eric Owens

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