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Bella Pjetrovic, Becky Bowen and Lisa Cooley
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Bella Pjetrovic, Becky Bowen and Lisa Cooley

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Dianne and Mark LaRoe

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Elizabeth and Scott Kimple

Ellen Welch, Katherine Harris, Dianne LaRoe and Martha Allday
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Ellen Welch, Katherine Harris, Dianne LaRoe and Martha Allday

Harvey Mitchell, Joyce Mitchell, Matrice Ellis Kirk and Ron Kirk
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Harvey Mitchell, Joyce Mitchell, Matrice Ellis Kirk and Ron Kirk

Jennifer Cerny, Keith Cerny and Nancy Nasher
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Kai Ruutel, Keith Cerny, Jennifer Cerny, Andrei Bondarenkoa and Svetlana Aksenova
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Kai Ruutel, Keith Cerny, Jennifer Cerny, Andrei Bondarenkoa and Svetlana Aksenova

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Keith and Jennifer Cerny

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Linda Hart and Mitch Hart

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Nick Even, Lynn McBee, Joyce Mitchell and Tucean Webb

Opera costume from Rodelinda
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Opera costume from Rodelinda

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Robert and Myrna Schlegel

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Roxanne and Gene Phillips

Stacey McCord, Michelle Lockhart and Lisa Rocchio
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Stacey McCord, Michelle Lockhart and Lisa Rocchio

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Steve and Betty Suellentrop

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Bella Pjetrovic, Becky Bowen and Lisa Cooley
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Bella Pjetrovic, Becky Bowen and Lisa Cooley

Carrie Bellerive, Sandy Bellerive, Allison Nigg and Marcy Nigg
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Carrie Bellerive, Sandy Bellerive, Allison Nigg and Marcy Nigg

Jessica Dolsen and Veronica Diaz
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Jessica Dolsen and Veronica Diaz

Molly Lang, Maile Shea and Ashley Crump
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Molly Lang, Maile Shea and Ashley Crump

Ellen Welch, Katherine Harris, Dianne LaRoe and Martha Allday
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Ellen Welch, Katherine Harris, Dianne LaRoe and Martha Allday

Jennifer Cerny, Keith Cerny and Nancy Nasher
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Jennifer Cerny, Keith Cerny and Nancy Nasher

Natalie Lo, Kara Goss, Rhonda Marcus, Tiffany Divis and Rachel Roberts
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Natalie Lo, Kara Goss, Rhonda Marcus, Tiffany Divis and Rachel Roberts

Nick Even, Lynn McBee, Joyce Mitchell and Tucean Webb
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Nick Even, Lynn McBee, Joyce Mitchell and Tucean Webb

Opera costume from Rodelinda
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Opera costume from Rodelinda

Stacey McCord, Michelle Lockhart and Lisa Rocchio
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Stacey McCord, Michelle Lockhart and Lisa Rocchio

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Dallas Opera’s First Sight And First Night Events Sparkle

By Jake Gaines
Photography by Karen Almond and Lara Bierner 

THE SCENE:  A perfect fall weekend was the setting of the festivities and the official start of the Dallas Opera’s 60th season with a luncheon and gala. Fashionistas first flocked to the First Sight fashion show and luncheon for a fabulous presentation produced by Rhonda Sargent Chambers spotlighting Versace and NorthPark Center. Approximately 230 guests filled the C. Vincent Prothro Lobby in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House for an afternoon of fun, food, fashion, and friendship. The following evening was effervescent with enthusiasm as several hundred patrons also celebrated the kick-off of the opera season with the festivities of First Night. The red carpet was ablaze with glitter and glamour as guests donning designer gowns and dashing tuxedos entered the reception prior to the gourmet pre-performance dinner.

THE VIBE:  For the luncheon, the fashion show began with a flurry of fantastic costumes from past Dallas Opera productions to add an air of authenticity and artistry to the event. The designers represented were Peter J. Hall (Rodelinda, Aida, Otello), Allen Charles Klein (La vida breve), and Nicolas Dvigubsky (Boris Godunov). Guests marveled at the creativity, detail, luscious fabrics, and adornments of the pieces enhanced by the beautiful set designed by Larry Leathers.

At the gala, upon entering the Sammons Park Tent, guests marveled at the shimmering décor with a nod to 1957 glamour. Greeted with champagne, the buzz centered on the poignant Linda and Mitch Hart season opening night performance of Eugene Onegin they were to experience later that evening. The room was adorned with glistening crystal chandeliers, lush red carpet, black and white themed table settings and linens, glimmering gold-accented glasses, gold flatware, and a unique crystal lily flower at each place setting.

THE CAUSE:  The luncheon chairs were Tiffany Divis, Kara Goss, and Rhonda Marcus. The gala was chaired by Ellen and Don Winspear, with Joyce and Harvey Mitchell serving as honorary chairs. The Opening Weekend Sponsor was The Eugene McDermott Foundation, while NorthPark Center and Deutsche Bank Wealth Management served as the Presenting Sponsors of the gala. The events’ proceeds benefited The Dallas Opera, a world-class performing arts organization producing outstanding mainstage and chamber opera repertoire; attracting national and international attention; committed to extensive community outreach and education; and managed to the highest possible standards of artistic excellence, accountability, efficiency and financial sustainability.

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