Opera Ball Set for March 18

Spring Gala and Opera Ball. Event Description: New York City Opera will celebrate the opening of its 2010 Spring Season with a gala performance of Chabrier’s L’Étoile. The performance will be followed by a grand evening of dinner and waltzing to music performed by the New York City Opera Orchestra on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater. This glamorous evening will be formal attire, opera gloves and white-tie optional.  Emmanuel Chabrier’s ingenious L’Étoile is a lively opéra bouffe about disguises and mistaken identities. Acclaimed City Opera Director Mark Lamos creates a witty, stylish production inspired by Toulouse Lautrec to tell the story of a madcap king, an astrologer, and a hapless peddler. The cast will feature the great French tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt and the debuts of bourgeoning artists Julie Boulianne, Liza Forrester, and Dominic Armstrong. The revival is also notable for the return of the internationally renowned French conductor Emmanuel Plasson.  The Spring Gala will honor City Opera’s devoted Chairman Susan L. Baker for her outstanding dedication to the company in this role, for her strong leadership through challenging times, and for her great friendship to the Opera as both ardent advocate and generous supporter. Ms. Baker joined the City Opera Board in December 1999 and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2004. She also serves as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Collegiate Chorale and is a member of the Board of the Animal Medical Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the American Associates of the Royal Academy, and the International Friends of the Aix-en-Provence Festival. She also serves as a member of the Board of the Brooklyn Academy of Music Endowment Trust and a member of the OPERA America Investment Advisory Committee.  All proceeds from the Spring Gala support City Opera’s mission to create innovative productions of new and classic work, reach a wide audience with affordable ticket prices, and bring music into the lives of thousands of students each year through its acclaimed education programs in New York City public schools.  Beneficiary: New York City Opera Programming and Educational Activities Honoree: Susan L. Baker Co-Chairmen: Nomi Ghez and Michael Siegal (TBC)Grant and Jacqui Smith (TBC) Herbert and Svetlana Wachtell Underwriter Level: 5,000 Vice-Chairman Level: ,000 Benefit Tables: ,000, ,000, ,000, ,000 Benefit Tickets: ,000, ,500, ,500, ,000 Attire: Formal, opera gloves and white-tie optional For more information regarding the event or to purchase tickets, please call Alexis Kende at the New York City Opera Special Events Department at 212.870.5595. Time: 6 pm – Cocktails; 7 pm – Performance. Dinner & Waltzing immediately following the performance. Co-Chairs and Honorees (when applicable): Location: David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center. Ticket Price: Contact: Alexis Kende Email: akende@nycopera.com Phone: (212) 870-5595 Website: Click to Visit