The “Placido Domingo Gala,” a concert hosted by the New Orleans Opera Association at Mahalia Jackson Theater on Friday, October 12, celebrated 50 years of the Spanish tenor’s performances with the company.

The international tour de force of stars accompanying Domingo included American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, Puerto Rican soprano Ana Maria Martinez, Mexican tenor David Lomeli and New Orleans’ own soprano Sarah Jane McMahon.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Academy Award-nominated actress and New Orleans native Patricia Clarkson hosted the nearly sold-out event. After the concert, more than 300 premium ticket holders enjoyed a gourmet meal at the Roosevelt Hotel’s Waldorf Astoria Ballroom with Domingo and the rest of the cast. The soothing sounds of strings and a harp from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra provided ambiance for a decadent dinner. An opera cake in commemoration of the 50th anniversary topped off the meal.

Patrons at the dinner received an engraved silver picture frame, engraved binoculars or engraved champagne flutes, courtesy of Lee Michaels Jewelry & Gifts. The jeweler also presented Domingo, the man of the hour, with an exclusive Lladro Classic Figurines Jazz Trio.

Event at a Glance
What:  “Placido Domingo Gala,” benefiting the New Orleans Opera Association
When: Friday, October 12
Where:  Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts