Houston Grand Opera Annual Opera Ball Sizzles with Spanish Flair
By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Priscilla Dickson, Jacob Power and Wilson Parish
THE SCENE: It was a glam night indeed for 450 guests at the annual white tie ball fof enchantment and celebration, themed Una Velada En España. Attendees were transported to Spain for the evening thanks to The Events Company who outfitted the Wortham Theater Center’s Grand Foyer in a red, black and gold color palette with dramatic portraits of flamenco dancers and toreadors. Centerpiece topiaries of roses, in hues of red and orange, cascaded down onto the tables, while wrought iron chandeliers with trailing vines of flowers hung from above, and Spanish-inspired images were projected throughout the room.
THE VIBE Houston Grand Opera’s annual ball is one of the most spectacular and sought-after event tickets of the year,” said HGO Managing Director Perryn Leech. Champagne flowed freely as guests enjoyed exceptional entertainment and food. Juan Siddi Flamenco performed Spanish music during the cocktail reception and two passionate flamenco dancers had numbers during the courses of dinner. David Caceres provided music throughout dinner and for after-dinner dancing as well. City Kitchen created a delectable Spanish-themed menu. Immediately following España, young professionals kicked off the Encore Party chaired by Brian McCulloch.
Cause: The gala, chairs Robin Angly and Miles Smith, raised $1.3 million to support Houston Grand Opera’s internationally renowned performances and community programs that distinguish it as one of America’s great opera companies. Since its inception in 1955, Houston Grand Opera has grown from a small regional organization into an internationally renowned opera and enjoys a reputation for commissioning and producing new works, including 56 world premieres and seven American premieres since 1973.