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Sophisticated movers and shakers work the red carpet for Dallas Opera First Night

Sophisticated movers and shakers work the red carpet for Dallas Opera First Night

Deanna Stone Waddell, Michael Faircloth
Deanna Stone Waddell , Michael Faircloth Photo by Robert Bostick
Erik Moore, Brett Hopkins, Justin Moon, Brant McFarlain
Erik Moore , Brett Hopkins , Justin Moon , Brant McFarlain Photo by Robert Bostick
Keith Cerny, Jennifer Cerny
Keith Cerny , Jennifer Cerny Photo by Robert Bostick
Paulette Martsolf, Rick Martsolf
Paulette Martsolf , Rick Martsolf Photo by Robert Bostick
Charla Parette, Paul Parette
Charla Parette , Paul Parette Photo by Robert Bostick
Nancy Leiberman
Nancy Leiberman Photo by Robert Bostick
Mitch Hart, Linda Hart
Mitch Hart , Linda Hart Photo by Robert Bostick
Don Winspear, Ellen Winspear
Don Winspear , Ellen Winspear Photo by Robert Bostick
Caroline Rose Hunt, Robert Bagby
Caroline Rose Hunt Photo by Robert Bostick
Cleve Schneider, Morgan Vaughn
Cleve Schneider , Morgan Vaughn Photo by Robert Bostick
American Sones, Lawrence Wolinsky
American Sones , Lawrence Wolinsky Photo by Robert Bostick
Jason Downing, Laura Downing
Jason Downing , Laura Downing Photo by Robert Bostick
Dallas Opera First Night
A cocktail reception in Nancy B. Hamon Hall kept guests warm before the main performance of Aida. Photo by Robert Bostick
Deanna Stone Waddell, Michael Faircloth
Erik Moore, Brett Hopkins, Justin Moon, Brant McFarlain
Keith Cerny, Jennifer Cerny
Paulette Martsolf, Rick Martsolf
Charla Parette, Paul Parette
Nancy Leiberman
Mitch Hart, Linda Hart
Don Winspear, Ellen Winspear
Caroline Rose Hunt, Robert Bagby
Cleve Schneider, Morgan Vaughn
American Sones, Lawrence Wolinsky
Jason Downing, Laura Downing
Dallas Opera First Night

Glamour was the name of the night at the Dallas Opera First Night celebration for the opening of the 2012-2013 season themed "Pursuits of Passion." 

Upon arrival, VIPs and opera devotees, donning their finest gowns and tuxedos, stepped onto the red carpet leading the way to the Winspear Opera House. Guests posed for the paparazzi  (even on the surprisingly cold night) as jealous Dallasites lined up behind the rope to gaze upon the well-heed crowd.

Because basketball superstar Nancy Lieberman was the honoree, it was only fitting that sports-related models — Brigetta Barrett, Martina Moravcova, Diane JohnstonToni Munoz-Hunt, Daniel Hunt and Deanna Stone Waddell (subbing in for Charlotte Jones Anderson) — flaunted custom looks of several local designers. 

The fusion of fashion and performing arts was evident in all of the designs:

  • Michael Faircloth incorporated three operas in his red gown. It was adorned with an Egyptian collar that represented Aida's enslavement; the three-tiered skirt with burned edges represented the three riddles of Turandot and the burning of the manuscript in The Aspern Papers
  • Abi Ferrin created an ensemble inspired by Aida. She paired a flowing white blouse with a long feathered skirt to symbolize the enslaved Ethiopian princess. 
  • Khanh Nguyen designed a royal blue gown based on Princess Turandot in the Puccini opera. 
  • Geoffrey Henning was influenced by the heroine, Juliana, in The Aspern Papers to create a soft pink gown with a white feather capelet. 
  • Nicolas Villalba combined traditional men's formal wear with playful ruffles and color for the Hunt couple — a spin-off the attire in Doctor Miracle.

In addition to these elegant creations, Paulette Martsolf designed three draped Egyptian-esque gowns symbolizing the three ladies waiting for the Pharoah's daughter in AidaEllen Winspear was also seen wearing a unique Villalba gown with long, vibrant, multicolored coat.  

A cocktail reception in the dramatically draped and warmly lit Nancy B. Hamon Hall awaited the well-dressed guests, including Don WinspearLynn and Allan McBee, Micki and Mayor Mike Rawlings, Daniel Hunt, Mina Chang, Tom Grieve, Liz and Doug Quinn, Jonathan Pell, Jennifer and Keith CernyBrant McFarlain, Kaki HopkinsBilly FongKelly Taylor, Charla and Paul Parette, Rick Martsolf, and Mary McDermott Cook. The crowd enjoyed light bites and libations before the main performance of Aida

Even though dinner wasn't plated until past midnight, the evening will definitely go down in history as a glorious one.