Opera Goes Hollywood Cabaret Style

The Palm Beach Opera Guild’s evening event, “Opera Goes Hollywood Cabaret Style,” has started the 2017 season with a big bang. From the moment you entered through the doors you were surrounded by the wonderful Oscar Night atmosphere. The event began with a cocktail hour and a silent auction.

Co-Chairs Arlette Gordon, Gail Kleinert and Wendy Roberts welcomed the guests. President Ari Rifkin then introduced the first of the evening’s entertainment: Ferenc Illenyi, a violinst who is a member of the Houston Symphony and also brought tears to many in the audience with his masterful control of the violin.

Palm Beach Opera’s Benenson Young Artists and the Apprentice Artists provided a stunning opera interlude that had the audience on their feet at the conclusion of their performance. The Benenson Young Artists were Kasia Borowiec and Derrek Stark. The Apprentice Artists were
Matthew Greenblatt, Samuel Hinkle and Brooklyn Snow. Selections included operatic favorites by Donizetti, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, and Roger and Hammerstein, which provided a wonderful mix of opera arias.

The perfect evening ended with a grand production performed by Mr. Davis Gaines, an amazing Broadway and Hollywood star. Mr. Gaines provided an engaging performance of Oscar tunes over the years, leaving the audience in the mood to dance the night away.

The evening’s Co-Chairs, Arlette Gordon, Gail Kleinert and Wendy Roberts, were joined by Opera Guild Officers: Elizabeth Bowden, Phyllis Pressman, Ari Rifkin, Barbara Weimer, along with other Opera Guild Board members including Carol Berliant, Maude Cook, and Suzi Goldsmith. Also in attendance were Palm Beach Opera Board members Gladys Benenson, Chuck Hardwick and his wife Sheilagh Mylott, as well as Palm Beach Opera’s General Director, Daniel Biaggi.

Grand Benefactors for the evening included: Ari Rifkin, Tovi Leidesdorf and Lois Pope.

International Honorary Chair was Hermé de Wyman Miro.

Sponsors for the evening included: Stephanie Kantis, Stacey Levy, Michael and Barbie Marcovici and Merrill Lynch of Chicago, Provident Jewelers and Sequins – Worth Avenue.

The Palm Beach Opera Guild promotes awareness of opera in our community. Proceeds from the Guild’s Annual Dinner will support Palm Beach Opera’s Production and Education Programs.