The New Way to “OPERA”


And you thought seeing opera was for the old people with squeaky hearing aids… Not in San Francisco! The SF Opera has started a new event called SF Opera Pop-Up Lab featuring their fantastic singers but in a new and “out-of-the-box” way.


Last Friday, over 300 people gathered at the Chapel in the Mission, yes the Mission to see opera. With drinks in hand we stood and faced the stage as if a DJ was about to play our favorite jams. But the night had so much more in store for us. A round of young operas singers came out in casual jeans and t-shirts to sing famous opera pieces including my all time favorite, Nessun Dorma. (See a clip on my new facebook page)


I have to say, my favorite part of the concert was their HILLARIOUS memes that played in the background as the singers performed. I don’t think a lot of the performers were aware of what was behind them. Many times they would turn around and burst out laughing after they saw these “supertitles”. Everyone was cracking up and lifting up their glasses with approval. There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience.


From incredible arias to duets and love songs, this group impressed us all and made each person fall in love (or validate their love) for opera. By us, I mean everyone, even those that have never been to an opera. Not only was this a great way for people to meet the arts, but it was a brilliant way for the arts to meet us in our current and modern society with humor, light-hearted fun and visuals that made their way on every Snapchat account in the room.


Yup, that’s me capturing the pictures and loving every minute of the event. After the concert, the room turned into a dance party where I personally toasted to a great night with each and every artist that performed. Now that’s what I call a fantastic and memorable experience. What events have you seen recently that have inspired you?

P.S. Welcome to my new blog! I want to give you the opportunity to see and understand the truth in what you’re watching; the discipline, dedication, devotion, history and the hard work that goes into showcasing the brilliance of timeless stories and cultural performances. Follow me on my journey as I get raw footage of dress rehearsals, backstage interviews and private tours and get the inside scoop within the arts community.

My Surprise Engagement!

I’ve dreamt of this moment since I was a little girl. I didn’t know what it was going to look like, when it would be or who it would be with but I’m so glad it happened like it did with my best friend (and now fiancé) Parker Coomans. One of my favorite nights out in the city is the San Francisco Ballet’s Opening Night Gala. l like to call it the “grown-up prom” because you get to dress fancy in beautiful gowns and celebrate with your closest friends. But little did I know, this night was going to be so much more!


We started the night out at Sauce in Hayes Valley (a great place that accommodates groups and just a walk away from the ballet!). As we’re all catching up and admiring each other’s gowns and tuxes, a tray of champagne arrives and Parker gets up to toast the group. Since this is kind of a normal occurrence, I don’t think twice about it but the toast quickly turned out to be the most important speeches of my life. Before I knew it, Parker got on one knee and asked me to be his bride. Of course, I said YES! (Sidenote: 3 years ago on this very night, we went on our first date. Let the “Awwws” begin. )


I can’t get enough of my engagement ring! I find myself just staring at it getting lost in its beauty and meaning to us. I love the dark blue sapphire because it represents sincerity, purity, constancy and truth which is the perfect jewel to symbolize our love. It was actually the original engagement ring before diamonds became so popular in the 1930’s. Parker had it custom made with intricate details including the beautiful diamond that’s on the bottom of the band. It’s one of a kind – made specially made for me! #proudbridetobe

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To be honest, I could hardly focus on the ballet after such a surprise but each dance was sensational. The Opening Night is a preview of what’s to come in the upcoming season. This year’s lineup is going to be amazing! Swan Lake (that will be on stage from Feb. 19 – 28) and Chopin’s Swimmer (March 16 – 22) are definitely the “MUST SEE” performances of the season. My recommendation is getting on The List, to receive exclusive invitations to an assortment of performances . (You have to be age 21-39 making it a great way to meet other like minded young professionals in the Bay Area!)


This year’s SF Ballet Gala was called Provocative with pink and purple lights, chandeliers, overly sized mirrors and bright pink furniture scattered through the City Hall. I decided to match the theme by wearing a lavish hot pink sequined dress with a low-cut back and long trail accented by a silk bow. Since I’m a HUGE fan of 1950’s fashion I decided to style my hair with a fifties wave that was expertly created by the magicians at Drybar.

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One of my favorite parts of the evening was the Silent Disco! While we danced around with light-up headphones, we got to enjoy the best view of the venue from the balcony. All and all, I would say this evening was the best night of my life. Now, let the wedding/party planning begin!

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The Red Curtain Addict


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I want to lift the red curtain to reveal what the arts has NOT shown you. There is so much more than what meets the eye. I want to give you the opportunity to see and understand the truth in what you’re watching; the discipline, dedication, devotion, history and the hard work that goes into showcasing the brilliance of timeless stories and cultural performances. Follow me on my journey as I get raw footage of dress rehearsals, backstage interviews and private tours to get the inside scoop within the arts community.

The Glass Door of Opera

When I tell friends or co-workers that I’m going to the opera, the typical response is, “….”. Dead silence. But once I tell them about the custom designed costumes, the set that was flown in from overseas and the champagne that is waiting for me at intermission, their reaction turns from silence to interest.


There’s a HUGE misconception about opera but what the real “miss” is not even giving it a chance. A few weeks ago I attended Les Troyans, an opera that was first opened in Paris in 1856. The last time it was performed in San Francisco was over 47 years ago because of the size of the production and the magnificent amount of cast that is involved.


Within the first act, I was blown away by this incredible 23 foot tall trojan horse head that took over a year to make that was welded with old weapons, battle debris and bits of war junk. It moved about stage nodding and turning, then it’s mane ignited, projecting heat and amazement throughout the theater. It was like nothing I had ever seen.


The set was beyond exquisite with layers of singers throwing confetti and there was a beautiful woman portraying Dido with a voice of angel. Now this is something you won’t experience when you’re sitting at home and mindlessly scroll through your social media.


Don’t wait for an invitation to give this a try. Make it your own special occasion or go round up your friends to experience the art that has memorized millions for centuries. Get dressed up, even make it a date night! I promise that this is an experience you’ll always remember. Make a change and do something different.