You’re Invited!
“The Magic of Opera”
Opera Maine Gala
Sunday, April 28
Ocean Gateway Pier
One Commercial Street, Portland (free parking)

Cocktails–Dinner—Live Auction

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!
Clark Insurance
Dan Crewe, The Crewe Foundation
Merrill Lynch/Bank of America
Granite Ridge Estate and Barn/Camp Katahdin Adventures

Special thanks
Chris Akerlind
Joseph Bacica, Joseph’s Piano Service
Courtyard by Marriott, Portland
Rusty Farrin, Farrin’s Country Auctions
Dan Kennedy, Harmon’s Floral Company
National Distributors
Margaret Ybarra

Gala Committee
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

Join this wonderful group on the Gala Patron Committee!

Elizabeth Astor
Jonathan & Helaine Ayers
Deborah & Sam Barouch
Terry & Phillipa Beal
Connie & Peter Bingham
Kelley & Francis Boero
Jo Miller Boshold & Ray Boshold
Charlotte Brown
James Bucknam & Ann L. Elderkin
Dr. Tandra Cadigan
Jonathan Carr & Todd Greenquist
Jerry Davis and Margaret Dalton
Jackie P. Dennis
Wendy Franklin
Carolyn M. Fritz
Kent Gordon
Donald V. Hale Jr.
Robert Hammer
Leslie Hart & Kevin Schochat
Don Head
Tom Hinkle & Gary Duford
Phillip & Jane Johnston
Thomas Jordan & Carl Gatto
Jeff & Judith Kane
Peter & Judie Kelley
Caroline & Joshua Koelker
Martha & Kennedy Lane
Richard Krull
Angela LeBlanc
Candice Lee
Nancy & Mike Marino
Richard & Carolyn McGoldrick
Elizabeth McLellan
Deborah Moulton & Charles Baird
Sarah Newick
Jean Nishiyama
Vincent & Anne Oliviero
Peter & Pam Plumb
Judy Potter & George Pressly
Carla Rigby
Jacueline Robinov
Robin & Laurence H. Rubinstein
Randal Rucker & Jim Becker
Jane Sawyer
Warren & Melody Schubert
Arlene & Bill Schwind
John & Elizabeth Serrage
Deborah Shinn
Ruth Story
Caroline Teschke
John Tewhey
Fred & Robin Webber
Margaret Wilkis

Thank you to our Table Sponsors

Thank you to our Business Supporters