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Party Report: Portland Opera Gala Raises Nearly One Million Dollars

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

 

Portland Opera

Gov. Kate Brown, First Lady Nancy Hales and Poison Waters at Portland Opera Gala. Photo by Byron Beck.

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals.

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

SEE slideshow of Portland Opera 50th Anniversary Gala below

The "Midsummer Night's Dream"-themed gala featured entertainment by Portland Opera soloists Jennifer Forni, Ryan MacPherson and Hannah Penn, Alexander Elliott and Katrina Galka, members of BodyVox dance company and special guest Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes. The one-and-only Poison Waters emceed the event and Johnna Wells was an incredible auctioneer.  Following Larry Grimes and his crew from Art of Catering delicious dinner and the Wells-led auction, the Aubrey N. Morgan Award was given to Mary Chomenko Hinckley and Gregory Hinckley. 

The guest list was a who's who of Portland polticos and arts leaders including Gov. Kate Brown, First Lady Nancy Hales, Rep. Margaret Doherty, City Commissioner Nick Fish, Ronna Hoffman, Susanne Orton, and Event Chair Carole Morse. 

Beginning at 9 pm, the after party concluded the incredible evening with drinks, dessert and entertainment provided by local disc jockey, DJ Gregarious.  

Who knew opera lovers are such good dancers? 

 

Related Slideshow: Party Report: Portland Opera Gala

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

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First Lady Nancy Hales and Thomas Lauderdale

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Poison Waters and Johnna Wells

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Gov. Kate Brown, First Lady Nancy Hales and Poison Waters

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some were calling it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Poison Waters and Gov. Kate Brown

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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First Lady Nancy Hales and Jamey Hampton

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Portland Opera's Ian Jose Ramirez

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Ashley Roland (right) dancing at the After-Party

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Auction Chair Carole Morse (right) and her son

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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"Fairies" greeted guests at Portland Opera Gala

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Chef Gregory Gourdet

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Nancy Hales at Portland Opera Gala

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Eric Steinhauser, Poison Waters, Tracy Wenkus and Mark Tiarks

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Monique Barton at Portland Opera Gala

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Ryan MacPherson and China Forbes

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Nick Fish, Margaret Doherty and Poison Waters

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Broadway Across America Lauren Reid, Anne Francis and Tracy Wenckus

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Anthony Dallas and Nancy Hales at Portland Opera

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Broadway Across America's Bob Bucci and Lauren Reid 

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Carole Morse and Jamey Hampton

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Bob Ball and Gregory Hinckley 

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Portland Opera's Chris Mattaliano, Poison Waters and the Fairies

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Nick Fish, Portland Opera's Chris Mattaliano and Sue Dixon

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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A dancing Ryan MacPherson at Portland Opera After Party 

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Little Drop of Poison with BodyVox and Alexander Elliott and Katrina Galka

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Performers high above the Hampton Center

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Juan Martinez, Kregg Arntson and Monique Barton 

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Portland Opera Tenor Alexander Elliott

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Gov. Brown gets a little Fairy dust for the Gala

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts

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Portland Opera's 50th Anniversary Gala Was a Huge Success! 

Portland Opera hosted an anniversary gala on Saturday, June 20, celebrating 50 years of great opera productions and 20 years of presenting Broadway musicals. 

The "gala of all galas" as some called it that night was held at the opera's homebase, the Hampton Opera Center on the banks of the Willamette River, and, at early count, it looks like it raised in the vicinity of a million dollars for the arts organization. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

 
 

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