A proud sponsor of the Merola Opera Program, Breathless Sparkling Wines has created a way for you to support Merola and drink your wine, too! With each purchase of Breathless Wines, 20% will be donated back to the Merola Program. This offer is exclusive to Merola patrons and members and has no expiration date. Looking for an award-winning sparkling wine for that upcoming wedding? Or perhaps you would like to toast with your friends before heading out to that next opera performance? Whatever your celebration, Breathless Sparkling Wines pair well with food, friends and special moments. Ready to uncork a great time? Here's how to order Breathless Wines and support the Merola Opera Program: - Simply visit and choose the wine you would like to order. Upon checkout, enter the word “Merola” in the coupon field.
- To order by phone, call Breathless Wines at 1-800-846-5779, 9 am-5 pm PST Monday-Friday, - To order by fax or mail, please use this form:
As we get ready for our exciting 2104 Merola Opera Program Spring Benefit Gala, let's take a look at last year's wonderful event:


Saturday, April 13th, 2013

A benefit for the Merola Opera Program at The Fairmont San Francisco

6:00 pm Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction
8:00 pm Formal dinner followed by San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow concert
Dancing to follow Black Tie

Girls of the Golden West Photos

Get the flash player here:
View our interactive online auction catalog HERE

2013 Event Sponsors

Breathless Wines Russian Hill Estate Elizabeth W Ghirardelli Chocolate Red Carpet

Ruby Table Sponsors

Barbara K. Jackson

Topaz Table Sponsors

Ms. Amy Roth and Mr. Robert Epstein

Early Purchase Table Sponsors

Mr. Hugh J. Coughlin
Dr. Lisa Danzig
Mr. Robert B. Mison
Ms. Blanche Germain Streeter
Susan York

Diamond Ticket Buyers

Nordin and Donna Blacker
Mr. Patrick McCabe
Miss Vivienne E. Miller

Pearl Ticket Buyers

Reid and Peggy Dennis
Mrs. Dana T. Horner
Mr. Lorrin G. Kroska
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth B. Weeman, Jr.
Mrs. Anita Weissberg

Ruby Ticket Buyers

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bialek
Ms. Carlyn Clause and Mr. Alexander L. Brainerd
Mr. and Mrs. Peter W. Davis
Ms. Delia Ehrlich
Ms. Pamela George
Dr. and Mrs. I. Craig Henderson
Mr. Randall Laroche & Mr. David Laudon
Ms. Sylvia R. Lindsey
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Hiroko Prather
Mr. Gerald B. Rosenstein
Bruce and Fran Walker
Mrs. Carol A. Weitz

Topaz Ticket Buyers

Ms. Gina Cariaga and Mr. Michael Barden
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Clark
Mr. Michael Colbruno
Dr. James Tristan Cross
Keith Doerge
Ms. Pamela Duffy
Ms. Susan English and Mr. Michael Kalkstein
Mr. and Mrs. Edward N. Eschbach
Mr. Steven Franceschi
R. T. Freebairn-Smith
Mr. Doug Giancoli and Ms. Arlene Silk
Mr. and Mrs. Lou Golm
Ms. Iris Harris
Mr. James Heagy
Ms. Marian Huntoon
Hisashi and Diane Kajikuri
Mr. and Mrs. Karl Lindberg
James A. Noe III
Mr. Duane Phillips
Mr. Mark Picciano and Mr. Richard Shearin
Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Renne
Drs. Richard and Pamela Rigg
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Sanders
Gail Whelan
Dr. and Mrs. John Zderic
Dr. and Mrs. James Zehnder
Ms. Anne Zucchi and Mr. Russell Wallace

Early Purchase Ticket Buyers

Mr. Clyde Allen
Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson
Amii and Michael Barnard-Bahn
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth G. Berry
Maurice and Mary Sue Bizzarri
Ms. Brooke Bourland
Joanne R. Bourland
Mr. Willard G. Clark
George and Susan Crow
Dr. and Mrs. Roy L. Curry
Ira D. Dearing
Robert and Linda Dunn
Mr. Warren Felson and Ms. Lucy Sun
Mr. R. David Freeman and Mrs. Virginia Freeman
Mrs. William M. Friede
Ms. Diana Fuery
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Geist
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gomory
Ms. Tracy Grant
Marcia and Geoffrey Green
Mr. and Mrs. Alan Henricks
Ms. Susan Hone
Mr. David S. Hugle and Mr. Haggai Niv
Mr. Robert Jacoby
Dr. Israel Katz
Ms. Jean Kellogg
Andy Kelly
Drs. Joan B. and James Kelly
Mrs. Barbara Graham Kreissler
Dr. Andrew Kives and Ms. Joyce Abrams
Mr, John Lampe and Ms. Laure de Marcellus Lampe
Norman T. Larson
Dr. and Mrs. John Lavorgna
Ms. Marcia Leonhardt
Dr. and Mrs. Warren Levinson
John and Bernice Lindstrom
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Ludgus
Dr. Myron Marx
Mr. Stanley J. Michael
Christian Mills
Cathy and Howard Moreland
Thomas E. Morton and Anne L. Morton Ms. Patricia Nottingham
Mr. David Oldroyd and Mr. Ron Genotti
Mr. Guillame Orliac
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Petterson
Anna and Frank Pope
Mr. Paul Sagues
Mr. Sean SeLegue and Mr. Richard A. Zuniga
Natalie O. Shuttleworth
Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Dr. and Mrs. W. Conrad Sweeting
Douglas von Qualen
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Weissman
Mr. Patrick Wilken and Mr. David Dickson
Ms. Faye Wilson
Stephen and Connie Zilles

Amethyst Ticket Buyers

Adam Arthur Bier
Mr. Brian Gustafson
Mr. Erik Newton

2013 Table Captains

Amii and Michael Barnard-Bahn
Maurice and Mary Sue Bizzarri
Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Burkhard
Dr. James Tristan Cross
Mr. R. David Freeman and Mrs. Virginia Freeman
Mrs. Dana T. Horner
Drs. Joan B. and James Kelly
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Thomas E. Morton and Anne L. Morton
James A. Noe III
Drs. Richard and Pamela Rigg
Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Mrs. Anita Weissberg

Honorial Gifts

Ms. Joan Bossart
Ms. Ceseli Foster
Raymond and Amanda Haas
Anne Halsted
Dorothy Lemelson
Fred Little
Eve and Niall Lynch
Mrs. Barbara J. Ross
Charlotte and Rolf Scherman
Ruth A. Short
Gary and Judith Sorgen


Discounted Tickets Amethyst Ticket - $250 Available for ticket buyers under 40 years of age.
Early Purchase Ticket - $275 Purchase BEFORE 2/15/13.
Early Purchase Table - $2,750 Purchase BEFORE 2/15/13.
All Early ticket and table purchasers will receive recognition on Merola's website. Early table purchasers will also receive recognition in the Spring Benefit Program.
Individual Ticket Levels and Benefits Topaz Ticket - $300 Recognition on Merola's website
Ruby Ticket - $600 All benefits of previous ticket level, plus Complimentary valet parking Early Bidding on select Signature Events Recognition in Spring Benefit invitation* & program Recognition in Spring Benefit emails
Pearl Ticket - $1,200 All benefits of previous ticket levels, plus Preferred seating A special gift for you the night of the event Listing in Spring 2013 Merola newsletter*
Diamond Ticket - $2,500 All benefits of previous ticket levels, plus An invitation to a special event Premium seating Special recognition in San Francisco Opera 2013 programs
Table Levels and Benefits Topaz Table - $3,000 Preferred seating Recognition on Merola's website and in Spring Benefit program
Ruby Table - $6,000 All benefits of previous table level, plus Three Valet Parking Passes Recognition in Spring Benefit invitation* and Spring Benefit emails Table Sponsor and table guests receive Early Bidding on Signature Events
Diamond Table - $15,000 All benefits of previous table levels, plus Premium seating One Complimentary deluxe room at the Fairmont Hotel on April 13 Up to five Valet Parking Passes A special gift for each of your table guests
*For responses received by 2/1/13

Membership Credit: You will receive Merola membership credit equal to the tax deductible amount for each ticket purchase at the Ruby level and above and for all table purchases. Example: $600 ticket purchases will receive $412 membership credit. Goods and Services Values for Tickets: Amethyst Ticket/Early Purchase Ticket/Topaz Ticket–$143; Ruby Ticket–$188; Pearl Ticket/Diamond Ticket–$213 Goods and Services Values for Tables: Early Purchase Table/Topaz Table–$1,430; Ruby Table–$1,565; Diamond Table–$2,344 Merola Opera Program is a tax exempt nonprofit organization and the full amount of your donation, less the value of goods and services listed above, may be tax deductible by law. Please consult your tax advisor for more information. In conformance with the California Nonprofit Corporation Law, Merola’s latest financial report will be mailed upon written request to its corporate offices. Merola’s tax ID number is 94-6084831.

Merola Spring Benefit Photo Archives