Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Kicking Off the 30th Anniversary Season in Style

Last Thursday, Opera Colorado kicked off its 30th Anniversary Season with an elegant Patron Party hosted by board member Alessandra Schulein and her husband Ben. The event was the official pre-party to celebrate the milestone Gala taking place on Saturday, September 22nd at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. All proceeds from the Gala support Opera Colorado’s dynamic Education & Community Programs, including in-school residencies, student-friendly touring performances, introductory opera programs, and backstage workshops showcasing the inner workings of a main stage opera production.

A core component to the Education & Community Programs is the Opera Colorado Young Artists, five talented singers selected to participate in a seven-month training and outreach residency with the company. The Young Artists received their first public introduction to the board, donors, and corporate partners at the event.

Along with delectable treats and delicious wine, Patron Party attendees were treated to live tango music and dancers and an exquisite performance by soprano Inna Dukach, one of the stars from our 2012 production of Florencia en el Amazonas. Guests were also given an early preview of one of the items that will be auctioned live at the Gala. Artist Stephen Batura graciously donated the original color study painting of The Rehearsal, the large mural in the lobby of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House commissioned to commemorate the 2005 completion of Denver’s new grand opera venue.

Excitement is building as we enter the final weeks leading up to the Gala, our hallmark fundraising event for the season. And it is not too late to pledge your support. VIP table packages and single tickets are still available. A vast array of silent and live auction items, excursions, and experiences will be available for bidding. If you are unable to attend the gala, you can still bid on these exciting items. Check them out on our website and contact Susan Hennessy to learn how you can get your bid in.

It promises to be a thrilling evening for the benefit of thousands of students and dozens of communities across the state. Please join us!

To RSVP, or for more information, contact Susan Hennessy at 303.778.7086 or shennessy@operacolorado.org.

By Erin Acheson, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator
Photography by Jennifer Koskinen, Merritt Design Photo

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