2014 LA Opera Gala

Joyce and I are pleased to support the LA Opera’s 2014 production of “La Traviata” featuring Plácido Domingo singing the baritone role of Giorgio Germont.

We recently attended the LA Opera’s 2014 Gala that kicked off their 2014/2015 season, and featured the season premiere of “La Traviata.” Actress Kate Walsh of hosted a pre-opera cocktail party, and she was kind enough to take a photo with me.

From the Los Angeles Times article:

The event: Saturday’s Opera Ball kicked off the L.A. Opera season in lavish art deco style, in keeping with the night’s Roaring 20s version of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, starring Placido Domingo, Nino Machaidze and Arturo Chacon-Cruz.

The reception: Kate Walsh of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and the upcoming series “Bad Judge” served as official hostess of the pre-opera cocktail party, where she talked of growing up with opera. Coming from a family of opera aficionados, which included a grandfather who sang light opera, Walsh said, “We’re all such big opera fans that my mother named her dog, ‘Puccini.’” […]

The crowd: Among others attending the opera were Stana Katic of “Castle,” Emmy Rossum of “Shameless,” Bruno Bichir and Stefanie Sherk of “The Bridge,” L.A. Opera president and chief executive Christopher Koelsch and opera supporters Eva Stern and board chair Marc Stern, Carol Colburn Grigor and Murray Grigor, Claude and Alfred Mann, Marilyn Ziering, Selim Zilkha, Kathy Baxter and former ambassador Frank Baxter, and production underwriters Milan Panic, Barbara Augusta Teichert and Joyce and Aubrey Chernick. Mary Hayley, Catherine Marcus and Jill Baldauf headed the gala committee.

Aubrey Chernick and Kate Walsh at the LA Opera

At the LA Opera Opening Season for 2014