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Opulence at the Opera

The 47th “Opera Ball” brought the Viennese Opera to the first American city of opera.

Event Co-Chairs Ted and Sonda Stacey with Jean Rice and Jay Gulotta

Will Strout

Inspired by the playful Viennese way of life and “Die Fledermaus,” Prince Orlofsky’s Masked Ball channeled the opulence and frivolity of Vienna and the opera.

The “Benefactor’s Party” was held the week of the Ball at the lakefront home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Buchler. The “Patron Party” preceded the Ball at The Orpheum Theater with entertainment by a string trio, an open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres.

At the main event, greeters welcomed guests “en masque” with dramatic entertainment in mythical and allegorical attire. Horst Pfeifer of Bella Luna Catering prepared a seated gourmet dinner, which guests enjoyed at formal dining tables that channeled the soirée styles of the early 19th century. “Jubilation” Orchestra provided music from many generations, bringing patrons of all ages to the dance floor.

Shannon Mullen of Save the Date Registry created a live painting of the venue, took photos of guests and placed them on the painting for an original spin. Later, the art was live auctioned along with other prizes, including valuable jewelry.

The Event Co-Chairs were Sonda and Ted Stacey, and Skarlett Roa served as Opera Juniors’ Chair. Proceeds from the Ball go toward keeping the great tradition of grand opera alive by supporting the Opera Association’s stage productions and its many vital educational programs.
 


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What: “2015 Opera Ball” (Prince Orlofsky’s Ball) Patron Party benefiting Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association
When: Saturday, December 5, 2015
Where: The Orpheum Theater

 

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