Dallas Opera Guild Kicks-Off the Season

by tdo

Admittedly, we’re not quite there yet, but it felt like the opening of the season yesterday evening at Edgemere in Dallas, where The Dallas Opera Guild held its annual opening gala.

The event was particularly interesting as it encouraged movement from room-to-room, upstairs and down, permitting patrons to view the beautiful silent auction items, enjoy fabulous Spanish tapas and sangria, learn more about the wide variety of volunteer opportunities, savor a lovely sit-down dinner in a setting reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa and garden, explore the upcoming season with opera senior staff, and finish their evening with door prizes, Mary Kay gift bags and a bravura performance by “The Three Redneck Tenors.”

There was much teasing of Director of Artistic Administration Jonathan Pell who had evidently exercised his option NOT to bring one of the singers back to perform at The Dallas Opera (Yes, these guys are the real deal; one made his Metropolitan Opera debut several seasons ago.) and sang a variety of opera standards intermixed with the theme of the “Andy Griffith Show” and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (a definite highlight)!

The theme was the wedding of Figaro and Susanna (i.e. “The Marriage of Figaro”) which was carried off with panache, right down to the inappropriately dressed entertainers belting out big musical theater numbers (“To Dream the Impossible Dream”). In lieu of a gift, the happy fictitious couple accepted cans of food destined for the North Texas Food Bank.

All that was missing was the first dance of the bride and groom which, given the amount of wine and sangria we had consumed, may have shown spectacular foresight on the part of the planners.

Speaking of which: a “Standing O” to Guild President Gloria Rege and her small army of dedicated volunteers who pulled off this sparkling evening.

You made fund-raising fun.

Suzanne Calvin, Assoc. Dir. of Mktg., The Dallas Opera

One Response to Dallas Opera Guild Kicks-Off the Season

North Texas Food Bank says: September 29, 2008 at 4:10 pm

The North Texas Food Bank is honored to be the recipient of the fictitious couple’s Canned Food Drive!

We rarely hear of such extraordinary volunteer opportunities in the community and this one sounded like a wonderful event.

Good JOB everyone!! … and a warm thank you to Suzanne from The Dallas Opera to post this information for everyone to read.


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The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. The NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. Close the Gap is the NTFB’s 3-year initiative to unite the community to narrow the food gap by providing access to 50 million meals annually.

Founded in 1982, the NTFB is a certified member of Feeding America. Last year 26 million meals were distributed. Each month agency pantries distribute food to more than 50,000 families and on-site meal programs serve 435,000 meals/snacks.

Every dollar donated to the NTFB provides five meals for the hungry. Out of every dollar donated, .97 cents goes directly to hunger relief programs.