Palm Beach Opera and supporters toasted to opening night of “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion, catered by The Breakers Palm Beach.
Guests were welcomed by Palm Beach Opera’s Chairman of the Board Dennis Williams and enjoyed a special introduction by General Director David Walker, who shared unique insights into the company’s second mainstage production and celebrated the company’s Board members and major supporters.
Palm Beach Opera’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” garnered positive reviews from critics, praised for its “outstanding” Barber and “imaginative stage direction” by South Florida Classical Review, and for its “rollicking, animated and just plain funny delivery” by Palm Beach Daily News.
“We are immensely proud of our Board of Trustees and our growing Co-Producer family, whose financial support is directly applied to all mainstage operas, and allows us to continue to provide our community with world-class artists and performances,” said General Director David Walker. “With two successful operas behind us, and with the recent announcement of our 20-21 season, we look forward to closing this season with a moving, dramatic production of ‘Eugene Onegin’ and preparing for our highly-anticipated 2021 productions.”
“Il Barbiere di Siviglia” was generously underwritten by the following members of Palm Beach Opera’s Co-Producer Society: Producers Bloomberg Philanthropies and Ari Rifkin, Chief Conductor Sponsor; Triple Co-Producers Sanford Baklor and Arlene Kaufman, Opening Night Sponsors, and Patricia Lester, in memory of Howard Lester; Double Co-Producers Marsha and Henry Laufer, Nathan Leventhal, and Dennis and Roseanne Williams; Co-Producers Sigrid and Hans Baumann, Cynthia and Theodore Berenson, Damaris Ford, Robert and Ann Fromer, and John and Donna Raggio; Associate Co-Producers Paul and Sandra Goldner, Merill and Charles Gottesman, Concertmaster Sponsors, Judith and Jerry Kaufman, and John and Lynn Pohanka; Assistant Co-Producers Jeffrey and Lee Ann Alderton.
Jeffrey and Lee Ann and Alderton, Ken and Andrea Brodlien, Gerald and Sandra Fineberg, Randell and Rebecca Doane, Isanne and Sanford Fisher, Ann and Robert Fromer, Joan and David Genser, Sandra and Paul Goldner, Barbara Greis and Howard Gottlieb, Sanford Baklor and Arlene Kaufman, Jerry and Judith Kaufman, Ingrid Kosowsky, Marsha and Henry Laufer, Peter and Elaine McCombs, Nancy and Ellis Jay Parker, Toni and Martin Sosnoff, Ed and Lynn Streim, James and Jennifer Takats, Roseanne and Dennis Williams, Robert and Meg Biscup, Gail Worth and Frank Orenstein, Donna and John Raggio, Hans and Sigrid Baumann, and Palm Beach Opera’s General Director David Walker were all in attendance among others.
The final performance of the company’s 19-20 season will be Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” on March 27-29 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.