Opera Ball 2011, a major fundraiser for the Arizona Opera, was held at The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, and featured the theme “The Devil Wears Opera,” celebrating the villains and villainesses of the stage, screen and runway.
Guests arrived to discover Arizona Opera’s production department and Dennis Thompson of White House Design had transformed The Ritz into a stylish yet mischievous setting for the event, with aesthetics inspired by the hit film “The Devil Wears Prada,” starring actress Meryl Streep as a vexing fashion editor.
The evening began with a VIP cocktail party as guests enjoyed window-shopping such fashionable items as accessories, jewelry, travel experiences and more during the silent auction, which showcased more than 70 deluxe donations to be bid upon. A sinfully delicious four-course dinner followed, featuring a menu created especially for the occasion by The Ritz-Carlton’s award-winning Executive Chef Rick Dupree.
Lori Brophy, Marilyn Brophy and Kate Brophy McGee served as co-chairs for the Feb. 19 event, and the proceeds of Opera Ball 2011 went to the support of Arizona Opera’s mainstage productions and education and outreach programs.