Philanthropists Drs. Marsha and Henry Laufer hosted Palm Beach Opera’s annual season opening celebration at their Manalapan home Dec. 1, to kick off the company’s upcoming season.
Those in attendance included the company’s major supporters. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and passed hors d’oeuvres followed by an intimate recital featuring selections from the company’s upcoming productions as well as other classical favorites performed by Palm Beach Opera’s Benenson Young Artists and Apprentice Artists. Guests were also treated to a three-course dinner.
“We are thrilled for the opportunity to celebrate those in our opera family whose incredible support allows us to provide extraordinary world-class art, high-quality artistic training and a lasting, meaningful impact on so many in our community,” said Managing Director David Walker.
General Director Daniel Biaggi toasted the evening’s hosts and shared insights into the company’s upcoming mainstage productions. He also celebrated the impact that those in attendance provide through their support.
“We are very much looking forward to our upcoming productions,” said Biaggi. “Our season includes audience favorites, an exciting new co-production and Palm Beach Opera’s first fully-staged Bernstein production. With the recent addition of our Apprentice Artist Program, we are also able to provide even more unique and exciting educational programs throughout this community.”
Palm Beach Opera opens its season in January with Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” followed by the company premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” in February, and closes with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” in March.
Pictured above: From left, Andrew Simpson, Kelsey Robertson, Henry and Marsha Laufer and Chelsea Bonagura enjoy Palm Beach Opera’s annual season opening celebration held Dec. 1 at the Laufer’s Manalapan home. Photo by Frank Ammaccapane