Photos by Dan Steinberg and Steve Cohn
The Gatsby era came to life on the Music Center Plaza when LA Opera launched the city’s social season on September 13 with the Opera Ball, a celebration that marked the opening night of LA Opera’s 2014/15 season.
This year’s Opera Ball was led by longstanding Chair Mary Hayley, who was joined by Dinner Committee Chair Jill Baldauff, and a new Opera Ball Vice-Chair, the Bay Area’s own Catherine Marcus of Sotheby’s. Jorge Maumer, Carol F, Warner Henry and Dmitry Chernyak of San Francisco also lit up the SoCal social scene.
The gala celebrated the sold-out opening night performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, starring Plácido Domingo, Nino Machaidze and Arturo Chacón-Cruz, directed and designed by Marta Domingo, and conducted by James Conlon. The festivities began with a champagne and caviar reception hosted by Kate Walsh.
The evening honored Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, one of LA Opera’s greatest champions, for his deep commitment to the company and to arts and culture throughout Los Angeles County. Mr. Yaroslavsky conducted the National Anthem at the beginning of the performance, made a special onstage appearance in Act Three, and received a commemorative gift during the curtain calls at the end of the performance.
The Opera Ball raised $1.5 million to support LA Opera’s world-class productions as well as its extensive educational and community engagement programs.