The evening began with a concert in the Wortham Center's Cullen Theater and concluded with the black-tie dinner on stage in the Brown Theater.
Diamond Underwriter Tenenbaum & Co. provided the diamonds and emeralds that DiDonato wore for the special evening. Unfortunately for the diva, the millions in bling had to go back in the safe at night's end.
Caroline Leech, from left, Lady Fiona Carnarvon of Highclere Castle in England and Lynn Wyatt were among the 200 notables joining the black-tie evening.
Lady Carnarvon was in Houston for a tea celebrating PBS' Downton Abbey. Highclere Castle is the setting for the popular Masterpiece Theatre series.
Profusions of white orchids decorated tables that were surrounded by ghost chairs etched with the HGO 60th anniversary logo.
The decor by The Events Co. had guests swooning.
A dozen crystal chandeliers lighted the Brown Theater stage, creating a dazzling tableau for the opera company's diamond anniversary celebration.
Terrylin G. Neale, senior chairman of Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc. chaired the evening that brought in $628,000 for the endowment. She is accompanied here by Dick Dalton.
As a surprise for dinner guests, Houston Grand Opera musical and artistic director Patrick Summers and Joyce DiDonato charmed the gathering with the ragtime tune "I Love a Piano."
Opera patrons Harlan and Dian Stai, left, were joined by Alex Odell and Gonzalo Alonzo.
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor.
Ursula and Saul Balagura.
Ann and Stephen Kaufman.
The lavish, multi-course dinner by Jackson and Co. began with a beautiful lobster dish.
Ken Barrow, from left, his mother Jan Barrow, Joyce DiDonato and Barbara and Pat McCelvey.
Janet Kelly and John Carrig.
Past Houston Grand Opera ball chairs Tony and Cynthia Petrello.
Dick Evans and Michele Beale.
Dr. Jack A. Roth and Dr. Elizabeth Grimm.
Gary Hollinsworth, from left, Terrylin G. Neale and Ken Hyde.
David Gockley and Lynn Wyatt.
Rudy Avelar and Joyce DiDonato.
One last look at the glamorous dinner setting that was struck when the evening ended.