Champagne and Carmen

Dallas Opera lures sophisticates to Arts District for big-deal First Night gala

Dallas Opera lures sophisticates to Arts District for First Night gala

Thomas & Brittany Glendenning, Dallas Opera
Thomas Glendenning, Brittany Glendenning Photo by William Neal
Key Coker, Katherine Coker, Dallas Opera
Key Coker, Katherine Coker Photo by William Neal
Elizabth Naftalis, Richard Naftalis, Dallas Opera
Richard Naftalis, Elizabeth Naftalis Photo by William Neal
David Feld, Lynn McBee, Allan McBee, Dallas Opera
David Feld, Lynn McBee, Allan McBee Photo by William Neal
Marnie Andreason, Brandon Andreason, Dallas Opera
Marnie Andreason, Brandon Andreason Photo by William Neal
Charli Kilpatrick, Kathleen Reilly, Blakely Giles, Jenna Dillenback, Dallas Opera
Charli Kilpatrick, Kathleen Reilly, Blakely Giles, Jenna Dilldenback Photo by William Neal
Jessie & John Gilmore, Dallas Opera
Jessie Gilmore, John Gilmore Photo by William Neal
Miroslava Detcheva, Brunilda Dine, Ardi Dushi
Miroslava Detcheva, Brunilda Dinem, Ardi Dushi Photo by William Neal
Severyn Brandau, Sally Brandau, Drew Porter, Dallas Opera
Severyn Brandau, Sally Brandau, Drew Porter Photo by William Neal
Sergio Perez, Scott Ludwick, Dallas Opera
Sergio Perez, Scott Ludwick Photo by William Neal
Ted Leonard, Danielle Cruse, Lindsay Holt, Tate Holt, Dallas Opera
Ted Leonard, Danielle Cruse, Lindsay Holt, Tate Holt Photo by William Neal
Elena Webb, Tereza Hendrickson, Dallas opera
Elena Webb, Tereza Hendrickson Photo by William Neal
George Creel, Karen Creel, Dallas Opera
George Creel, Karen Creel Photo by William Neal
Ruth & Steven Hodge, Dallas Opera
Steven Hodge, Ruth Hodge Photo by William Neal
Donald Fowler, Phillip & Jacqueline Taylor, Dallas Opera
Donald Fowler, Jacqueline Taylor, Phillip Taylor Photo by William Neal
Rhonda Marcus, Fraser Marcus, Dallas Opera
Rhonda Marcus, Fraser Marcus Photo by William Neal
Alex Leonard, Sydney Holt, Dallas Opera
Alex Leonard, Sydney Holt Photo by William Neal
Tolby Holly, Julianne Magnuson, Dallas Opera
Tolby Holly, Julianne Magnuson Photo by William Neal
Sonia Navia, Emmanuel Salanon, Dallas Opera
Sonia Navia, Emmanuel Salanon Photo by William Neal
Thomas & Brittany Glendenning, Dallas Opera
Key Coker, Katherine Coker, Dallas Opera
Elizabth Naftalis, Richard Naftalis, Dallas Opera
David Feld, Lynn McBee, Allan McBee, Dallas Opera
Marnie Andreason, Brandon Andreason, Dallas Opera
Charli Kilpatrick, Kathleen Reilly, Blakely Giles, Jenna Dillenback, Dallas Opera
Jessie & John Gilmore, Dallas Opera
Miroslava Detcheva, Brunilda Dine, Ardi Dushi
Severyn Brandau, Sally Brandau, Drew Porter, Dallas Opera
Sergio Perez, Scott Ludwick, Dallas Opera
Ted Leonard, Danielle Cruse, Lindsay Holt, Tate Holt, Dallas Opera
Elena Webb, Tereza Hendrickson, Dallas opera
George Creel, Karen Creel, Dallas Opera
Ruth & Steven Hodge, Dallas Opera
Donald Fowler, Phillip & Jacqueline Taylor, Dallas Opera
Rhonda Marcus, Fraser Marcus, Dallas Opera
Alex Leonard, Sydney Holt, Dallas Opera
Tolby Holly, Julianne Magnuson, Dallas Opera
Sonia Navia, Emmanuel Salanon, Dallas Opera

Dallas' finest — and most finely dressed — performing arts philanthropists descended on the Arts District Friday night for First Night at the Dallas Opera featuring Carmen. It was all about the wow factor, from the first red carpet photo opp to the opera-inspired couture gowns to the glamorous 1930s Hollywood-esque dinner beneath an opulent tent.

Between the thousands of people gathered at Klyde Warren Park to watch the live simulcast to the gussied-up gala attendees — including Lynn and Allan McBee, Marnie and Brandon Andreason, Katherine and Key Coker, Brittany and Thomas Glendenning, Tolby Holly, Julianne Magnuson, Elizabeth Kimple, and Ginny Neal — at the Winspear Opera House, everyone was buzzing about gorgeous and gifted French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine, who was making her American debut.

As guests weaved in and out of the opera house prior to the performance, models struck a pose wearing gowns presented during the opera's inaugural First Sight Fashion Show and Luncheon the morning before. First Sight featured the work of five outstanding and internationally renowned Dallas-based designers, who created breathtaking interpretations of the operas that will take center stage this season. Designers included Michael Faircloth, Abi Ferrin, Khanh Nguyen, Nicolas Villalba and Elizabeth Anyaa.

Carmen was sung in the original French, with English language translations projected above the stage and on the simulcast screen at Klyde Warren Park. This performance and simulcast launched the Dallas Opera’s sixth production of Carmen in its 56-year-history. It was estimated that more than 3,700 people watched from the park. Talk about an innovative way to get Dallas into the performing arts.

"It was a consistently thrilling evening from the first red carpet arrivals till the final note sounded," said chair Lynn Mock.

The after-party happened back in the tent, with a late-night breakfast buffet prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering. DSQ (Dallas String Quartet) Amplifica provided unique dance music underneath the giant, flashing mirror balls.