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Palm Beach Opera Toasts Gala Host Committee at Private Palm Beach Residence

Palm Beach Opera celebrated the company’s upcoming gala and its Gala Host Committee with an intimate performance by Palm Beach Opera Apprentice Artists at Lee Ann and Jeffrey Alderton’s Palm Beach home on Jan. 8.

Attendees included invited guests and the company’s gala benefactors, whose support helps develop Palm Beach Opera’s largest annual fundraising event, which showcases a prominent artist over an elegant dinner. The 2019 Gala will feature an intimate performance by internationally renowned tenor Matthew Polenzani at Manalapan’s Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa on March 2.

The reception at the Alderton residence featured cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by a welcome message from Managing Director David Walker who thanked the Gala Host Committee and chairmen, shared insights into the company’s Apprentice Artist Program, and introduced the evening’s featured artists. Guests enjoyed a performance by Palm Beach Opera Apprentice Artists Suzannah Waddington, Pavel Suliandziga, Jenny Anne Flory and Michael Miller, accompanied by Kesenia Leletkina.

“Thanks to the extraordinary leadership of our Gala Host Committee, and the commitment of our Gala Chairs Lee Ann and Jeffrey Alderton, we will again provide a unique event for our arts-thriving community,” said Managing Director David Walker. “To be able to present an illustrious artist like Matthew Polenzani at one of South Florida’s most prestigious venues is a testament to the strong support we receive from our Host Committee.”

Palm Beach Opera’s Gala Host Committee Reception was attended by Gala Chairs Lee Ann and Jeffrey Alderton, Naomi Alexandroff-Brest and David Kaplan, Veronica Atkins, Bianca and Zoltan Bacsa, Sanford Baklor and Arlene Kaufman, Anne Bazik, Daniel Biaggi, Meg and Robert Biscup, David Brodsky, Bill Brown, Louise Cohen, Susan and John Connor, Rebecca Doane, Terry Duffy, Elliott and Wendy Eisen, Nancy Feldman and Mike Chefetz, Sandra and Gerald Fineberg, Barbara Fisher and Charles Rudy, Joan and David Genser, Merrill and Charles Gottesman, Carla and David Herwitz, Linda and Peter Hoffman, Matt Holland and Brian Walsh, Florence Kaufman, Ingrid Kosowsky, Marsha and Henry Laufer, Monica and Scott Laurans, Paula and Peter Lunder, Michael McCafferty and Joseph Horton, Wilma and Charles Mooney, Helen and Louis Nicozisis, Nancy and Jay Parker, Lynn and John Pohanka, Dan Sherbo and Tom Nixon, Jennifer and James Takats, Mark Walter and Lawrence Jarema, and Roseanne and Dennis Williams, and Palm Beach Opera’s General Director Daniel Biaggi and Managing Director David Walker.

For information on Palm Beach Opera’s 2019 Gala, please contact Loren Varvarigos, Special Events & Corporate Relations Manager, at 561-835-7557 or

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.

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