Palm Beach Opera and nearly 190 supporters celebrated opening night of “La traviata” at Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion for Opening Night Dinner, drawing more attendees for the pre-show event than ever before.
Guests were welcomed by Palm Beach Opera’s Chairman of the Board Dennis Williams and General Director Daniel Biaggi, who introduced the production with unique insights and recognized the company’s growing Co-Producer Society.
Palm Beach Opera’s “La traviata” garnered positive reviews from critics, praised for its “luxurious, heartfelt” production and “stellar voices” by South Florida Classical Review, and now ranks among the top grossing operas in the company’s recent history.
“The extraordinary success of ‘La traviata’ is a testament to the support and passion of our growing Co-Producer family, and to the level of artistry we aim to present to our community each season,” said Managing Director David Walker. “Matched with nearly 200 guests at our Opening Night Dinner, a new Palm Beach Opera record, we are thrilled to begin 2019 with such an achievement.”
“La traviata” was generously underwritten by the following members of Palm Beach Opera’s Co-Producer Society: Production Underwriter, The Cornelia T. Bailey Charitable Trust; Producers Bloomberg Philanthropies, Toni and Martin Sosnoff, Role Sponsors, Violetta, Alfredo and Germont; Double Co-Producers Sanford Baklor and Arlene Kaufman, Opening Night Sponsors, Marsha and Henry Laufer, Patricia Lester, Roseanne and Dennis Williams; Co-Producers Delphine and Douglas Daft, Director Sponsor, Fabio Ceresa, Marc S. Solomon; Associate Co-Producers Ann and Robert Fromer, Merrill and Charles Gottesman, Concertmaster Sponsors; Assistant Co-Producers Nancy and Ellis J. Parker.
Lee Ann and Jeffrey H. Alderton, Veronica Atkins, Gladys Benenson, Isanne and Sanford Fisher, Annette Friedland, Ann and Robert Fromer, Joan and David Genser, Sandra and Paul Goldner, Arlette Gordon, Merrill and Charles Gottesman, Barbara Greis and Howard Gottlieb, Ingrid Kosowsky, Marsha and Henry Laufer, Suzanne Niedland, Nancy and Jay Parker, Toni and Martin Sosnoff, Ed and Lynn Streim, Roseanne and Dennis Williams, and Palm Beach Opera’s General Director Daniel Biaggi and Managing Director David Walker were all in attendance among others.
For the 2018-2019 season, Palm Beach Opera will also present “Don Giovanni” in February and “Die Fledermaus” in March.
Palm Beach Opera is dedicated to producing live opera at an international standard of excellence and to enriching the life of the communities it serves with a diverse offering of educational programs. Founded in 1961, the fully professional Palm Beach Opera presents main stage performances at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach and is a proud member of OPERA America and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.