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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

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: Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey H. Alderton
Immediate Past Gala Chairs: Mr. & Mrs. David Genser
Major Sponsors Dinner Hosts: Mr. Sanford Baklor & Ms. Arlene Kaufman

Gala Council

Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey H. Alderton
Mrs. Veronica Atkins
Mr. Sanford Baklor & Ms. Arlene Kaufman
Dr. & Mrs. Robert Biscup
Mr. & Mrs. Randell Doane
Mr. & Mrs. Sanford Fisher
Mr. & Mrs. David Genser
Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Kohl
Drs. Marsha & Henry Laufer
Dr. Frayda Lindemann
Mrs. Ari Rifkin
Mr. & Mrs. Martin Sosnoff
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis K. Williams

Grand Gala Underwriter: Mrs. Veronica Atkins
Matthew Polenzani, Artist, Underwriters: Mr. & Mrs. Sanford Fisher
Young and Apprentice Artists Underwriter: Dr. Frayda Lindemann
Anthony V. Manoli, Pianist, Underwriters: Mr. & Mrs. Martin Sosnoff
Cocktail Reception Underwriters: Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Kohl, Kohl Family Foundation
Décor Underwriters: Mr. Sanford Baklor & Ms. Arlene Kaufman
Evening Music and Entertainment Underwriters: Mr. & Mrs. Robert Fromer
Gold Aria Underwriters: Dr. & Mrs. Sander Abend
Gala Keepsake Underwriters: Mr. Michael McCafferty & Mr. Joseph Horton

Platinum Sponsors
Drs. Marsha & Henry Laufer

Gold Sponsors
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey H. Alderton
Dr. & Mrs. Robert Biscup
Mr. & Mrs. Randell Doane
Mr. & Mrs. David Genser
Mrs. Ari Rifkin
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis K. Williams

Silver Sponsors
Mr. & Mrs. William G. Brown
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Efron

Bronze Sponsors
Mr. & Mrs. John Connor
Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Fineberg
Mr. Nathan Leventhal & Ms. Katherine E. Brown
Mrs. Ingrid Kosowsky, in loving memory of Dr. David Kosowsky
Dr. & Mrs. Morton Mandell
Mr. & Mrs. John Pohanka
Mr. Marc S. Solomon
Ms. Melissa Sullivan
Mr. & Mrs. Ed Streim

Couple’s Sponsors
Ms. Naomi Alexandroff-Brest & Mr. David M. Kaplan
Mr. & Mrs. Ken Brodlieb
Mr. & Mrs. David Brodsky
Mr. Daniel Cochran & Mr. Gregory Sutphin
Dr. Louise Cohen
Mr. & Mrs. Elliott Eisen
Mr. & Mrs. Louis Feher
Ms. Liane Strauss & Mr. James Finkel
Mrs. Arlette Gordon
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Gottesman
Mr. & Mrs. David Herwitz
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Hoffman
Mr. & Mrs. Eric Jorgensen
Mrs. Florence Kaufman
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Kaufman
Mr. & Mrs. Scott Laurans
Mr. & Mrs. Doug McMillen
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Mooney
Mr. & Mrs. John Shalam
Mr. Fred Tepperman & Mrs. Barbara Goldfard Tepperman

Patron Sponsors
Mrs. Anka Palitz

Corporate Bronze Sponsors

Corporate In-Kind Sponsors


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