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Concert of Arias combines glorious opera talent competition with glamorous black-tie soirée

Concert of Arias combines opera competition with glam black-tie soirée

23 Perryn Leech, from left, Jana Arnoldy, Lynn Wyatt, Patrick Summers and John Scott Arnoldy at the HGO Concert of Arias February 2015
Perryn Leech, from left, Jana Arnoldy, Lynn Wyatt, Patrick Summers and  Scotty Arnoldy. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
24 Susan and Dr. C. Richard Stasney at the HGO Concert of  Arias February 2015 wp
Susan and Dr. C. Richard Stasney. Photo by © Wilson Parish
22 Patrick Summers, from left, Mariquita Masterson, and Jackson Hicks at the HGO Concert of  Arias February 2015 pd
Patrick Summers, from left, Mariquita Masterson and Jackson Hicks. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
16 Jerry G. Fischer, from left, Robin Angly and John G. Turner at the HGO Concert of Arias February 2015
Jerry G. Fischer, from left, Robin Angly and John G. Turner. Photo by © Wilson Parish
21 Mary D'Andrea, left, and Valerie Dieterich at the HGO Concert of  Arias February 2015 wp
Mary D'Andrea, left, and Valerie Dieterich. Photo by © Wilson Parish
1 Aaron and Sarah Stai at the HGO Concert of Arias February 2015
Aaron and Sarah Stai. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
4 Anthony Petrello, from left, Mane Galoyan and Cynthia Petrello at the HGO Concert of Arias February 2015
Tony Petrello, from left, Mane Galoyan and Cynthia Petrello. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
13 Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia at the HGO Concert of  Arias February 2015 pd
Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, HGO Concert of Arias, Frances Marzio, Beth Madison
Frances Marzio, left, and Beth Madison. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
8 Diane Lokey Farb, from left, Donna Josey Chapman and Linda Barrett at the HGO Concert of Arias February 2015
Diane Lokey Farb, from left, Donna Josey Chapman and Linda Barrett. Photo by © Wilson Parish
10 Drs. Sri and Raj Yalamanchili at the HGO Concert of  Arias February 2015 wp
Drs. Sri and Raj Yalamanchili. Photo by © Wilson Parish
15 Jerry and Bobbie-Vee Cooney at the HGO Concert of Arias February 2015
Jerry and Bobbie-Vee Cooney. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
25 Sverre and Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl at the HGO Concert of  Arias February 2015 pd
Sverre and Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
3 Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn at the HGO Concert of Arias February 2015
Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn. Photo by © Wilson Parish
2 Alfredo and Marcia Vilas at the HGO Concert of  Arias February 2015 wp
Alfredo and Marcia Vilas. Photo by © Wilson Parish
7 Chris Bozeka, from left, Youngzhao Yu, Mane Galoyan and Frederico De Michelis at the HGO Concert of Arias February 2015
The Concert of Aria winners Chris Bozeka, from left, Youngzhao Yu, Mane Galoyan and Frederico De Michelis. Photo by © Wilson Parish
News, HGO Concert of Arias, Margaret Williams, Jim Daniel, Feb. 2015
Mararet Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, HGO Concert of Arias, Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield, Feb. 2015
Kevin Black, left, and Tony Bradfield. Photo by Parish Wilson
News, HGO Concert of Arias, Dres. Rachel Ellsworth, Dr. Warren Ellsworth Feb. 2015
Drs. Rachel and Warren Ellsworth. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, HGO Concert of Arias, Brian McCulloch, Jeremy Garcia, Feb. 2015
Brian McCulloch, left, and Jeremy Garcia. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
23 Perryn Leech, from left, Jana Arnoldy, Lynn Wyatt, Patrick Summers and John Scott Arnoldy at the HGO Concert of Arias February 2015
24 Susan and Dr. C. Richard Stasney at the HGO Concert of  Arias February 2015 wp
22 Patrick Summers, from left, Mariquita Masterson, and Jackson Hicks at the HGO Concert of  Arias February 2015 pd
16 Jerry G. Fischer, from left, Robin Angly and John G. Turner at the HGO Concert of Arias February 2015
21 Mary D'Andrea, left, and Valerie Dieterich at the HGO Concert of  Arias February 2015 wp
1 Aaron and Sarah Stai at the HGO Concert of Arias February 2015
4 Anthony Petrello, from left, Mane Galoyan and Cynthia Petrello at the HGO Concert of Arias February 2015
13 Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia at the HGO Concert of  Arias February 2015 pd
News, HGO Concert of Arias, Frances Marzio, Beth Madison
8 Diane Lokey Farb, from left, Donna Josey Chapman and Linda Barrett at the HGO Concert of Arias February 2015
10 Drs. Sri and Raj Yalamanchili at the HGO Concert of  Arias February 2015 wp
15 Jerry and Bobbie-Vee Cooney at the HGO Concert of Arias February 2015
25 Sverre and Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl at the HGO Concert of  Arias February 2015 pd
3 Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn at the HGO Concert of Arias February 2015
2 Alfredo and Marcia Vilas at the HGO Concert of  Arias February 2015 wp
7 Chris Bozeka, from left, Youngzhao Yu, Mane Galoyan and Frederico De Michelis at the HGO Concert of Arias February 2015
News, HGO Concert of Arias, Margaret Williams, Jim Daniel, Feb. 2015
News, HGO Concert of Arias, Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield, Feb. 2015
News, HGO Concert of Arias, Dres. Rachel Ellsworth, Dr. Warren Ellsworth Feb. 2015
News, HGO Concert of Arias, Brian McCulloch, Jeremy Garcia, Feb. 2015

The social set turned out in exceptionally fine feather for Houston Grand Opera's exuberant "Concert of Arias," which once again thrilled a sellout audience with performances by eight up-and-coming opera talents, each vying for a place in HGO's elite Opera Studio.

"This is a night all about finding those new performers for the future," Summers noted. "It's our favorite evening of all our calendar."

On this musical evening, Cullen Theater at Wortham Center dazzled with the glamorous collection of opera lovers, those attending the black-tie dinner that followed dressed in glittering splendor befitting a major gala. The beauty of this evening, beyond the sartorial splendor, was the voices of those participating in the 27th annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers.

"This is a night all about finding those new performers for the future," noted HGO artistic and music director Patrick Summers. "It's our favorite evening of all our calendar."

Summers, HGO managing director Perryn Leech and Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, made their selections after each candidate performed two arias. Soprano Mane Galoyan of Armenia took the top $10,000 prize and a slot in the opera studio. Presenting that check was Dr. Dick Stasney, founder of the Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine, a major sponsor of the evening.

Tenor Yongzhao Ya of China was recipient of the audience choice award, his remarkable high notes in "Nessum Dorma" playing a major role in that win. He also received the  inaugural Ana Maria Martinez Young Developing Singer award. The diva was on hand to present the $2,500 grant for Ya's further opera study.

As chairs, Jana and Scotty Arnoldy set the glam pace of the evening that honored long-time opera patron and popular artist Mariquita Masterson.

Following the competition and a performance by Opera Studio members, the bedazzling throng adjourned to the Grand Foyer for champagne toasts and a scrumptious cold supper from Jackson and Co.

Among the opera patrons were Lynn Wyatt , Dian and Harlan Stai, Beth Madison, Frances Marzio, Cynthia and Tony Petrello, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Pat and Dan Breen, John Turner and Jerry Fischer of Baton Rouge, Donna and Robert Bruni, Susan Stasney, Glen Rosenbaum and Bobbie-Vee and Jerry Cooney.

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