Downtown LA may have reached a record-setting 103 degrees on Saturday night, but that didn’t stop Angelenos from celebrating the opening of the 2012-13 season of the Los Angeles Opera in pure elegant style.
Draped in a sea of rich red and orange tones, the Music Center Plaza at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion played host to guests who donned their best black tie attire as they were welcomed by servers in buttoned-up tuxedos, champagne and wooden fans to keep them cool at the gala reception and dinner appropriately themed, “Ignite!”
After the pre-celebration, guests headed over to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for the opening performance of Verdi’s “The Two Foscari,” which stars acclaimed Spanish tenor, Placido Domingo, before returning to the plaza for an extravagant after-party chaired by Stana Katic, who plays Kate Beckett on ABC’s “Castle.”
Notable opening night guests include Academy Award-winning actor Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Bastards) and actress Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad).
The late-night soiree catered to Aria, the LA Opera’s support group of young professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s, and featured fire dancers, live music and other entertainment.
Near the end of the night, Marc Stern, LA Opera chairman, took to the stage to applaud history being made, as he noted Domingo’s 140th role as Francesco Foscari, the Doge of Venice, and the organization’s achievement of raising more than $1.5 million in proceeds—a first for the LA Opera.