The Place: The Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown.
The Party: The 17th floor came alive on Friday night as partygoers enjoyed cocktails and conversations while bidding on silent auction items. The ballroom glittered as candlelight danced off sparkling linens from Mosaic Inc. and beautiful floral arrangements of purple hydrangeas and soft pink roses from Hens and Chicks, who collaborated with LUXE Creative, bringing an intimate romanticism to a room of 220 patrons. Dinner included stand out moments like bourbon molasses shrimp and caramelized onion risotto. Resident artists of the Pittsburgh Opera entertained guests during dinner with wonderful performances like “Una voce poco fa (io sono docile)” from Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” and “Quando men vo” from Puccini’s “La bohème”. The evening commenced with dancing to the John Parker Band. Roughly $250,000 was raised.
#SEENandHeard: “Picking a favorite opera is like picking a favorite child,” said Electra Agras, who was talking to her husband Jim and friend Carol Massaro. “Opera is a highly complex, unrealistic art form — when it grabs you by the throat, it never lets go,” said Christopher Hahn, general director of the Pittsburgh Opera with Ron Booth.