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Houston Grand Opera Hosts Plácido Domingo At Gala

By Jennifer Roosth         Photography by Jenny Antill Clifton, Priscilla Dickson, Lynn Lane and Wilson Parish

THE SCENE: Houston Grand Opera and its Presenting Underwriter Margaret Williams welcomed a sold-out audience of 2,400 guests to celebrate a triumphant and dramatic return to the Wortham Theater Center following last year’s Hurricane Harvey devastation. Internationally renowned opera mega-star Placido Domingo returned to Houston to honor the occasion more than 30 years after he opened the Wortham Theater Center with a star role in Verdi’s Aida in 1987.

The concert was followed by a late-night dinner celebration chaired by Margaret Alkek Williams and attended by Domingo and 750 friends of HGO at the Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston. Guests were greeted festively by an 11-piece mariachi band, a nod to Domingo’s upbringing in Mexico. The Events Company created the décor for the event.

THE VIBE: The ballroom was adorned with thousands of deep red roses, reflecting the revived red velvet theater seats of the Wortham, and guests dined on a four-course feast inspired by Spain, Domingo’s birthplace. HGO Managing Director Perryn Leech formally thanked those who helped the company save the 2017–18 opera season and make its way home again after a year’s displacement.

THE CAUSE: The event raised over $1.5 million to benefit Houston Grand Opera’s efforts post–Hurricane Harvey to create thrilling and engaging art for the community.