LA Opera Ball 2014
Kate Walsh of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” “Full Circle” and NBC’s upcoming “ Bad Judge” will launch this year’s season-opening Opera Ball, staged by the LA Opera, by hosting a gala champagne and cocktail reception in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
The first major affair of the Los Angeles social season, the Sept. 13 Ball officially opens the LA Opera’s 2014/2015 season. An opera aficionado, Walsh has attended many LA Opera performances, including last year’s season opener.
Clearly the LA Opera has been amassing fans in the Hollywood community. Stana Katic and Emmy Rossum have both been hosts at previous Opera Ball receptions with two-time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz of “Inglorious Basterds” and “Django Unchained” and Emmy Award-winner Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad” among guests.
Following the reception, this year’s Ball will then continue with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” sung by Plácido Domingo and Nino Machaidze, directed by Marta Domingo and conducted by James Conlon. Gala-goers will then enjoy a seated dinner, catered by Patina, and dancing on the Music Center Plaza.
In keeping with the production’s lavish art deco sets, the Opera Ball will celebrate the Gatsby era with a Roaring 20s theme. With Mary Hayley as chair, Jill Baldauf as dinner chair and Catherine Marcus as vice chair, the gala will honor Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, a longtime champion of the LA Opera.
Tickets begin at $2,500 with tables ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. Click here for further information or call (213) 972-3612.
Top Photo: Kate Walsh, host of this year’s reception at the LA Opera Ball 2014, seen here modeling Elizabeth Taylor’s Bulgari jewels at the Opening Night celebration of Taylor’s collection of Bulgari jewels, exhibited at Bulgari Beverly Hills of the Elizabeth Taylor collection (photo, Michael Buckner/ Getty Images for Bulgari)
Bottom Photo: LA Opera general director Placido Domingo, seen here at a previous Opera Ball, will sing in the season opening performance of “La Traviata” at the LA Opera Ball 2014, (photo, Todd Williamson/ Invision for the Los Angeles Opera/ AP Images)
Home page photo: Kate Walsh, host of this year’s reception at the LA Opera Ball 2014, seen here at a Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Distinguished Women in the Arts luncheon (photo, Stefanie Keenan/ Wire Image, courtesy of MOCA)
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LA Opera Ball 2014
Published Jun 29, 2014, Ellen Olivier