Patrick Summers, Jim & Molly Crownover, Anne & Albert Chao, Perryn Leech
Cynthia & Tony Petrello
Kevin Black, Buccellati CEO Randal Soto, Tony Bradfield
Cocktail servers in yellow rain slickers, a nod the HGO production of 'The Flying Dutchman'
Barbara & Ulyesse LeGrange, Carol Lee Robertson, Jerry Cooney
Andrew Bowen, Efraín Corzo
Hallie Vanderhider, Kristina Somerville
National Anthem guest conductor Fred Griffin
Valerie & Tracy Dieterich
Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel
John & Amy Aubrey
Nicholas & Michaela Greenan
Perryn Leech, Claire Liu, Joe Greenberg
Yelena Dyacheck, Allyn & Jill Risley
Carol Lee Robertson, Danielle Ellis, Barbara LeGrange, Mariana Servitje
Stanley Lane, Nicole Heaston
Elena & Erik Lautier
Victor Kendall, Gwen Simms
John Turner, Beth Madison
Houston Grand Opera opening night dinner celebration at the Ballroom at Bayou Place
Richard Lydecker & Donna Kaplan, Kathryn & Billy Schultea
Kristinn Sigmundsson, Leia Lensing, Richard Trey Smagur, Patrick Summers, Eric Cutler
Ursula & Saúl Balagura
Zane & Brady Carruth
Fred & Betsy Griffin
It might have been a dark and stormy night on stage at Wortham Theater Center and a hazy, sprinkling night outside on Fish Plaza, but in the end Houston Grand Opera‘s Friday soirée was a sunny celebration of the season opener, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, as well as a fête rejoicing in the company’s return to the Wortham, a year after Hurricane Harvey had shut the theater down.
Once the ghost ship, with its crew of mates clad in yellow slickers, had dropped back beneath the seas, a black-tie attired contingent of more than 330 made their way across Texas Avenue for a festive late-night dinner in the Ballroom at Bayou Place.
Entering the party venue, guests stepped into a foggy scene that recalled the opera set with the image of a drifting ghost ship hovering aloft and the sounds of an ocean storm muffling the post-performance chatter, the thematic decor the work of Kirksey Gregg Productions. And in a playful nod to the performance, waitstaff wearing yellow rain slickers greeted the well-heeled crowd.
Anne and Albert Chao chaired the evening that honored out-going board Jim Crownover and his wife, Molly, their introduction made by incoming board chair Janet Carrig. HGO managing director Perryn Leech handled the welcome and the thank yous while HGO music and artistic director Patrick Summers introduced the production’s cast.
In an exceptionally generous move, Tenenbaum Jewelers’ Tony Bradfield and Kevin Black, accompanied by Buccellati CEO Randal Soto, announced an added dimension to the HGO partnership with the jeweler. As the Buccellati representative in Houston, Tenenbaum and the highly lauded Italian jewelry house are designating a portion of proceeds from all sales from the Buccellati Opera Collection to the opera company. In addition, Tenenbaum and Buccellati contributed a pair of earrings and cufflinks from the Opera Collection for auction, an effort that brought in the handsome sum of $10,000.
Who: Cynthia and Tony Petrello, Drs. Liz Grimm and Jack Roth, John Turner and Jerry Fischer, Lynn Wyatt, Richard Lydecker and Donna Kaplan, Beau Miller, Caroline Leech, Betsy and Fred Griffin, Barbara and Ulyesse LeGrange, Linda and Willie Chiang, Drs. Ishwaria and Vivek Subbiah, Glen Rosenbaum, Rita Leader, Gary Tinterow, and Ann and Stephen Kaufman.