Save the date for an exclusive celebration of opera, elegance, and entertainment on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. Enjoy an elegant dinner and be enchanted by the artistry and amazing voice of the internationally-renowned tenor, Matthew Polenzani.

Palm Beach Opera’s largest annual fundraising event, the gala showcases the foremost stars in opera in an intimate and exclusive recital in the area’s most opulent venues. A highlight of the Palm Beach social calendar each year, the gala brings together opera lovers and community leaders to enjoy an evening of glamour, artistry, and a delectable dinner, while supporting the company’s continued mission of bringing world-class opera to South Florida.

For sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, please contact David Walker at 561.835.7558 or dwalker@pbopera.org.

Image: Fay Fox

About Matthew Polenzani: 

Praised by The New York Times for his “ardor, richness and power,” Polenzani is among the most gifted tenors of his time. This season, the Chicago native returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago to sing in Rigoletto and Les Pêcheurs de Perles before heading to The Metropolitan Opera to perform Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, which can be seen on PBS when the network’s latest season of Great Performances at the Met premieres nationwide on April 29.

Regarded as “perhaps the finest tenor voice of his generation” by The Phoenix, Polenzani has starred in more than 300 performances at the Met, including La traviata, Roméo et Juliette, Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Die Zauberflöte, with a repertoire of diverse performances at leading operatic and concert venues worldwide.


Accompanying Matthew Polenzani on piano will be Anthony Manoli, a pianist and coach who has worked with some of the leading opera companies throughout the world including the Theatre Des Champs-Elysees, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Opera Lausanne and L’Opera Du Rhin as assistant conductor and coach.

Lee Ann and Jeffrey Alderton

Gala Chairs: Jeffrey and Lee Ann Alderton
Immediate Past Gala Chairs: Joan and David Genser
Major Sponsors Dinner Hosts: Ms. Arlene Kaufman & Mr. Sandy Baklor

Grand Gala Underwriter: Mrs. Veronica Atkins
Matthew Polenzani, Artist, Underwriters: Isanne and Sanford Fisher
Anthony V. Manoli, Pianist, Underwriters: Toni and Martin Sosnoff
Cocktail Reception Underwriters: Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Kohl, Kohl Family Foundation

Platinum Sponsors
Drs. Marsha & Henry Laufer

Gold Sponsors
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey H. Alderton
Mrs. Ari Rifkin
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis K. Williams


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