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Dallas Opera's sparkling season-opening soirees hit a high note

Dallas Opera's sparkling season-opening soirees hit a high note

Joyce Goss, Ian Derrer, Lynn McBee
Joyce Goss, Ian Derrer, Lynn McBee Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kara Goss, Randall Goss
Kara Goss, Randall Goss Photo by WJNPHOTO
Scott Kimple, Elizabeth Kimple
Scott Kimple, Elizabeth Kimple Photo by WJNPHOTO
Shelle Sills, Michael Sills
Shelle Sills, Michael Sills Photo by WJNPHOTO
Joyce Goss, Kenny Goss
Joyce Goss, Kenny Goss Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rhonda Marcus, Fraser Marcus
Rhonda Marcus, Fraser Marcus Photo by WJNPHOTO
Greg Hext, Kim Hext
Greg Hext, Kim Hext Photo by WJNPHOTO
Lynne McBee, Elizabeth Kimple
Lynn McBee, Elizabeth Kimple Photo by WJNPHOTO
Richard Moses, Selwyn Rayzor
Richard Moses, Selwyn Rayzor Photo by WJNPHOTO
Phyllis Coit, Terri Phillips
Phyllis Coit, Terri Phillips Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ellen Winspear, Cleve Schneider
Ellen Winspear, Cleve Schneider Photo by WJNPHOTO
Anne Stodghill, Steven Stodghill
Anne Stodghill, Steven Stodghill Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Kit Chambers
Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Kit Chambers Photo by WJNPHOTO
Calvin Griffin
Bass-baritone Calvin Griffin performed at First Sight. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ian Derrer and CH by Carolina Herrera models
Dallas Opera general director and CEO Ian Derrer made his remarks surrounded by CH Carolina Herrera models. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Nancy Nasher, Joyce Goss
Nancy Nasher, Joyce Goss Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ciara Cooley, Bella Cooley, Lisa Cooley
Ciara Cooley, Bela Cooley, Lisa Cooley Photo by WJNPHOTO
Lynn McBee, Ellen Winspear
Lynn McBee, Ellen Winspear Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sharon Bowers, Kimberly Williams, Aneeta Goomar
Sharon Bowers, Kimberly Williams, Aneeta Goomar Photo by WJNPHOTO
Roxanne Phillips, Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Phyllis Coit
Roxanne Phillips, Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Phyllis Coit Photo by WJNPHOTO
Joyce Goss, Ian Derrer, Lynn McBee
Kara Goss, Randall Goss
Scott Kimple, Elizabeth Kimple
Shelle Sills, Michael Sills
Joyce Goss, Kenny Goss
Rhonda Marcus, Fraser Marcus
Greg Hext, Kim Hext
Lynne McBee, Elizabeth Kimple
Richard Moses, Selwyn Rayzor
Phyllis Coit, Terri Phillips
Ellen Winspear, Cleve Schneider
Anne Stodghill, Steven Stodghill
Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Kit Chambers
Calvin Griffin
Ian Derrer and CH by Carolina Herrera models
Nancy Nasher, Joyce Goss
Ciara Cooley, Bella Cooley, Lisa Cooley
Lynn McBee, Ellen Winspear
Sharon Bowers, Kimberly Williams, Aneeta Goomar
Roxanne Phillips, Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Phyllis Coit

The Dallas Opera knows how to bring the drama, and there's hardly a pair of events more dramatic that the annual First Night gala and First Sight luncheon.

Presenting sponsor Hall Arts Residences and First Night chairs Shelle and Michael Sills and honorary chairs Marnie and Kern Wildenthal rolled out the red carpet at the Winspear Opera House for gown and suit-clad supporters, all of whom were excited to celebrate TDO's 62nd season.

The crowd enjoyed cocktails before sitting down to a scrumptious dinner from Wolfgang Puck Catering, themed around the season opener and the night's entertainment, Wagner's The Flying Dutchman.

After the performance, guests — including Lynn and Allan McBee, Elizabeth and Scott Kimple, Kim and Greg HextEllen Winspear, Kara and Randall Goss, Cleve SchneiderRichard Moses, Selwyn RayzorAnne and Steven Stodghill, Kenny Goss, and Roz Columbo — returned to the tent  to party into the wee hours. High-energy band Downtown Fever kept the crowd grooving, while internationally renowned cast members from the opera mingled and chatted throughout the space.

The afternoon before, chair Joyce Goss welcomed fashionable Dallasites to the First Sight luncheon at the Winspear. With a specialty cocktail — made of Torres Magdala orange liqueur, Domaine Ste. Michelle sparkling wine, a sugar cube, and a slice of fresh orange — in hand, guests browsed accessories from fashion partnership CH Carolina Herrera and presenting sponsor NorthPark Center.

Then they were whisked inside the performance hall, where a sultry fashion show spotlighting CH Carolina Herrera's new collection took place on the set of Carmen (next on TDO's lineup) and with a special performance from bass-baritone Calvin Griffin.

The Dallas Opera's new general director and CEO, Ian Derrer, expressed his thanks to the audience before sending them back into the lobby, where a Carmen-themed lunch delighted palates and guests could watch the tent going up outside for the next night's festivities.