|Placido Domingo, Columnist Marci Weiner,|
Director Gary Marshall at Opera Luncheon
Actually, the entire weekend was a full blown Opera Fest, to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, starting with a private dinner soiree at the fabulous estate of Carol and Warner Henry in Pasadena. After sipping the finest wines and champagne, we were treated to a special performance by pianist Daniel Faltus, who performed an enthusiastic program of opera favorites. Faltus, whose series of lecture/recitals have gained him international renown, was a delightful prelude to the glamorous events.
|Pianist/performer Daniel Faltus with|
Placido Domingo at opening soiree
After the performance, there was an elegant black tie event in the music center plaza, featuring such specialties as smoked salmon tart and lamb tenderloin with pearl onions and fava beans. After congratulating the cast, a plethora of fireworks mysteriously appeared from the roof of the Mark Taper Forum, accompanied by arias sung by Domingo and the stars of the production. Perfect closure to a perfect evening.
|Angela Gheorghiu & husband,|
Roberto Alagna stars of "Pagliacci"
This production was staged by Franco Zeffirelli, so you know a lot of theatrics were involved. This play within a play has always been our favorite, and Alagna’s rendition of “Vesti la Giubba” brought the audience to their feet. We caught up with the couple at the post party, holding hands and schmoosing, Obviously their passion on stage rivals their passion in real life.
Thanks go to Mary Hayley, and her hard working Board, Underwriters Eli and Edythe Broad and Mr. and Mrs. Milan Panic, and all the Angels involved who opened the official opera season in Los Angeles with style and grace on the Hollywood Beat.