If you've never seen an opera, this is an excellent way to begin: stretched out in a comfy chair instead of sitting upright with a hard-back seat in front of you; table with popcorn and beer at hand. Plus, you can stand up when it's not intermission.
I happened to mention Tracy's plans to someone and laughed, saying, "So she's going to experience the widest range of what San Francisco has to offer today." The woman arched an eyebrow and said to me, "Have you seen this opera?"
The Opening Night Gala this past Friday night at San Francisco Opera was nothing short of a fiery blast. And given the overflow of opulent scarlet couture among the throng of Fashionistas, it was a hellzapoppin' frolic from here to Kingdom Come.