“The Magic of Opera”
Opera Maine Gala
Sunday, April 28
Ocean Gateway Pier
One Commercial Street, Portland (free parking)
Performance by former Studio Artists Ashley Emerson, Heather Johnson, and Robert Mellon
Noriko Yasuda, accompanist
In support of the 2019 production, W.A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Regular ticket: $150 per person
Patron ticket: $250 per person
Table Sponsor for ten: $2500
Amount over $100 per person is tax deductible
Black tie or festive attire
Kindly respond by April 19
Thank you to our Table Sponsors!
Dan Crewe, The Crewe Foundation
Merrill Lynch/Bank of America
Granite Ridge Estate and Barn/Camp Katahdin Adventures
Joseph Bacica, Joseph’s Piano Service
Courtyard by Marriott, Portland
Rusty Farrin, Farrin’s Country Auctions
Dan Kennedy, Harmon’s Floral Company
Robin Webber and Katherine Reimann, Co-chairs. Elizabeth Hope, Arlene Schwind, Margaret Wilkis
Culinary delights and service by 111 Maine
2019 Live Auction
1. Walk-on Role in Opera Maine’s The Magic Flute, July 24 & 26, 2019. Experience the glory of opera from the on-stage perspective of a supernumerary. No singing unless Artistic Director Dona D. Vaughn says so but be assured she will create a memorable experience for you as either a slave or a priest in this fabulous opera. Attendance at rehearsals in July is mandatory and is guaranteed to expand your appreciation of the creation of an opera production. Two roles available. Slave must be male but priest can be male or female.
2. Metropolitan Opera Getaway for Two. A pair of tickets to a fall 2019 performance of the fantastic Zeffirelli production of Puccini’s stirring Turandot. Have a delicious pre-opera dinner at the Met’s Grand Tier Restaurant. Marvel at the wonders of the Met in a back-stage tour. Stay two nights with breakfast at the prestigious Yale Club, conveniently located mid-town Manhattan. Courtesy of Peter Gelb and the Metropolitan Opera; Elizabeth Astor; Jack & Bonnie Riddle; Wendy Franklin
3. A Sunset Sail on Casco Bay for up to Six with Peter & Pam Plumb. Sail away from cares and enjoy the beauty of Casco Bay with the Plumbs on their elegant 46-foot sloop, La Bohème. It’s named for the famous Puccini opera, but they promise no one will perish!
Courtesy of Peter & Pam Plumb
4. Caviar and Champagne Tasting for Eight. Join the experts at Browne Trading Market for an evening of caviar and champagne education and decadence! You will taste several of their ultra-quality caviars while they provide insight into the world of caviar, as well as the proper methods of care and service. Several outstanding champagnes that only Browne’s offers will enhance the experience. Warning: the incredible flavors and excitement of caviar can be addictive, to say nothing of champagne! They will come to your home or host you at the Market. Courtesy of Christopher Miller and Browne Trading Market
5. Kennebunkport Escape for Two. Tired of having houseguests? Pamper yourself with a two-night stay and dinner in this historic coastal town. Choose the landmark Cape Arundel Inn & Resort with its sweeping ocean views, or enjoy the beach at the Tides Beach Club at Goose Rocks. You would prefer to be where the action is? Then the Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, right on the charming Kennebunkport harbor, is for you. Each of these jewels of the Kennebunkport Resort Collection has beautifully appointed rooms and offers fine dining.
Courtesy of KRC.
6. Florida Opera Getaway for Two: Pensacola Opera. Escape Maine winter for excellent opera in the sunny south! A pair of tickets to Pensacola Opera’s performance of either Mozart’s Don Giovanni or Verdi’s Il trovatore, in January or March, 2020. Participate in VIP events before or after the opera. Relax for two nights at an inviting Pensacola Beach hotel. Courtesy of Pensacola Opera
7. Penobscot Bay Luncheon Cruise for Six on the Stella di Mare. A VIP mega-yacht-level steward is at your command on this four-hour cruise aboard the Stella di Mare, a classic 58-foot Hatteras yacht out of Rockland. Savor the beauty of the Maine seascape in matchless style. A delectable and elegant luncheon with curated wines will ensure that yours is a truly leisurely and memorable experience. Courtesy of John Kilbourne
8. Italian Dinner and Overnight for Six at Granite Ridge Estate & Barn. Opera trustee Anthony Fratianne was chef apprentice at Vetri Cucina, Philadelphia’s award-winning restaurant and he also trained in Rome and Tuscany. For the lucky winners he will prepare a classically structured, outstanding Italian dinner with fine vintage Italian wines. Stay overnight in his beautiful Granite Ridge lodge in Norway with its spectacular views, and enjoy Anthony’s authentic Italian breakfast.
Courtesy of Anthony Fratianne and Granite Ridge Estate & Barn
9. Ocean Vacation for Four on Southport Island. Treat yourself and friends to two nights with breakfast at the beautiful Ocean Gate Resort on Southport Island. Located just minutes from Boothbay Harbor with all its attractions, this oceanfront resort is nestled on 33 acres. Take a canoe or kayak from its private dock, or swim in the outdoor heated pool. Play a game of tennis or miniature golf, or just relax and enjoy the views. Join Opera Maine supporters one evening for cocktails at their charming waterfront home in East Boothbay. Courtesy of Migis Hotel Group and Jane & Phillip Johnston
10. Boston Lyric Opera Excursion for Two. Two tickets to a Boston Lyric Opera’s production during its 2019-2020 season. Choose a matinee or evening performance and have a delicious pre- or post-opera meal in a fine restaurant TBD. Travel in carefree style with ten hours of black car service (gratuity not included). Courtesy of Boston Lyric Opera; Maine Limo
11. Operaland Farewell. A Painting by Jack Riddle. What better remembrance of Opera Maine’s 25 years than a beautiful, nostalgic painting by our multi-talented Co-Founder, Jack Riddle, depicting the oceanfront setting of unforgettable Opera Maine garden parties? This 48 by 24-inch oil on canvas not only showcases Jack’s genius with the brush, but it also kindles the memories…. of meeting our fabulous singers, sharing opinions of opening night performances, and enjoying Liz Serrage’s amazing food, all in the splendor of her glorious gardens by the sea….. Courtesy of Jack Riddle