On the Cover: May 2012

Photographed by Jeffery Johnston

Since the late 18th century, the ambiance of opera has remained an integral part of New Orleans’ music culture. New Orleans also holds the title of the “First City of Opera” in the United States. This year’s 2012 Opera Ball presented by The Women’s Guild and the Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera Association dedicates itself to preserving the city’s opera scene through support of opera productions and educational programs for New Orleans area children.

Join President of the New Orleans Opera Association Ted Martin, President of the Women’s Guild New Orleans Opera Association Jean Rice, Opera Ball Chair Yolanda Doucette and Fundraising Vice President Penny Baumer for this spectacular event celebrating the presence of opera in New Orleans. The 1800 St. Petersburg, Russia-inspired event will honor Pytor Tchaikovsky’s “Pikovaya Dama,” or The Queen of Spades, opera and will take place on Saturday, May 5 at the Empire Room of the recently renovated Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with the Czar and Czarina’s reception. The reception will include an array of Russian Musicians, Russian appetizers, cocktails and a silent auction. Then at 8, Russian “Komenka Dancers” will wow the crowd, followed by a formal sit-down dinner. The latter part of the evening will also include dancing to the sounds of the band Orleans.

A benefactor party for the Opera ball took place on March 1 at the St. Charles Avenue home of event Czarina Ulia and Czar John Houghtaling.

Tickets for the Opera Ball 2012 are priced at $225. For event and ticket information please contact Michelle Schlafly at 482-7943, Betty Davidson at 891-3388 or visit the official New Orleans Opera Association website NewOrleansOpera.org.

Special thanks to Jean Rice, John Houghtaling and Dr. Erin Fleming.

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