TribLIVE

| Lifestyles

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Pittsburgh Opera artists perform for crowd at Maecenas XXXGala

John Altdorfer - Pittsburgh Opera performers open the evening's festivities during the Maecenas XXX Gala at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. May 10, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Pittsburgh Opera performers open the evening's festivities during the Maecenas XXX Gala at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. May 10, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Dr. Lisa Cibik during the Maecenas XXX Gala at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. May 10, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Dr. Lisa Cibik during the Maecenas XXX Gala at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. May 10, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Jan Pagliari during the Maecenas XXX Gala at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. May 10, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Jan Pagliari during the Maecenas XXX Gala at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. May 10, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Michele Fabrizi during the Maecenas XXX Gala at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. May 10, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Michele Fabrizi during the Maecenas XXX Gala at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. May 10, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Melanie Crockard during the Maecenas XXX Gala at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. May 10, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Melanie Crockard during the Maecenas XXX Gala at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. May 10, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Gabriela and David Porges during the Maecenas XXX Gala at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. May 10, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Gabriela and David Porges  during the Maecenas XXX Gala at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. May 10, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Dan Grochynsky, Nick Davidson and John Grimm during the Maecenas XXX Gala at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. May 10, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Dan Grochynsky, Nick Davidson and John Grimm during the Maecenas XXX Gala at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. May 10, 2014.
John Altdorfer - John and Nancy Traina during the Maecenas XXX Gala at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. May 10, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>John and Nancy Traina during the Maecenas XXX Gala at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. May 10, 2014.

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

May 12

Art for Change — Persad Center

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh hotel, Downtown

www.persadcenter.org

May 15

Black and White Bash — Ladies Hospital Aid Society

University Club, Oakland

www.lhas.org

May 16

The British Are Coming! Pittsburgh Public Theater Gala

Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh hotel, Downtown

412-316-8200, ext. 723

The Nellie Leadership Awards Gala — Three Rivers Youth

Carnegie Museum Music Hall, Oakland

www.threeriversyouth.org

Man/Woman of the Year — Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Heinz Field, East Club Lounge, North Shore

www.myoa.org/wpa

Awards of Distinction — Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania

Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown

www.gswpa.org

May 17

The Royal Ball — Gemini Theater Company

Syria Shrine Center, Cheswick

www.geminitheater.org

The Warhol's 20th Anniversary Gala

The Andy Warhol Museum, North Shore

www.warhol.org

Sunday, May 11, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

“For those of you who know your Roman numerals, that's triple X,” said general director Christopher Hahn, referring to the Maecenas XXXGala. “But I assure you it's going to be a clean evening.”

But it became apparent early on the night was not going out without a bang for the 310 supporting their beloved Pittsburgh Opera.

“If you think about opera and see beyond the thinking that it's high-brow, it's really stories about the human condition,” said Donna Peterman (with John). “It's a little bit of escapism.”

Escapism, indeed. To begin, the evening unfolded at the opera's Strip District parking garage/lounge, which left more than a few temporarily disoriented.

“This does not look like the parking garage. This is amazing!” saidDusty Elias Kirk.

Then, midway through cocktail hour, the opera's resident artists parted the crowd a la the Red Sea with a dramatic entrance amid torches and smoke, heralding a medley that included scenes from Richard Wagner's “The Flying Dutchman.”

Once in full swing, the party slowly but surely made its way into the studio, which had been transformed from its raw, industrial warehouse roots into an elegant space glowing with 600 candles and airy white orchids and hydrangeas. The design was a collaboration between Allison McGeary Floral and Gabriela Porges, who chaired the evening with her husband, David.

In between Duquesne Club-catered courses, the resident artists wowed with another string of lively teasers before longtime supporters Jan and Dick Pagliari were lauded with the Maecenas Award.

Tito Capabianco (former general director) got us involved, Dick Pagliari said. “We'd drink grappa together. Tito taught me a lot of bad habits!”

With music from Cityscape luring everyone back to the lounge for the after-party, things were just getting started for board chairwoman Michele Fabrizi, board prez Clyde Jones, Dr.LisaCibik andBernie Kobosky, Vivian andBill Benter, Federicaand Enrico Dallavecchia, Nancy andJohn Traina, Rose Kustenkow, Paul Gitnik and Gene Svrcek, Nachum Golan andSteve Hough, Gene Welsh and David McAdams, Rosemary and Dr.Mark Wholey, and Ali Good.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at kbenz@tribweb.com, 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Fanfare

  1. 2,000 party animals swarm Pittsburgh Zoo’s Summer Safari soiree
  2. Lawrenceville eyewear store has vision of helping kids in need
  3. Open house aims to lure new businesses to Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood
  4. Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s Black Tie & Tailpipes Gala