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A who's who of beautiful people at the Opera: See the scenes from one of Houston's most exclusive parties


1952 David Gockley, from left, Janice Barrow and Joyce DiDonato at the Houston Grand Opera HGO 60th Anniversary March 2015
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1776 Caroline Leech, from left, Countess of Carnarvon and Lynn Wyatt at the Houston Grand Opera HGO 60th Anniversary March 2015
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Venue on the Brown Theater Stage at the Wortham Theater Center at the Houston Grand Opera HGO 60th Anniversary March 2015
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News, Shelby, Houston Grand Opera 60th anniversary, March 2015, Terrylin G. Neale, Dick Dalton
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2008 Harlan and Dian Stai, from left, Alex Odell and Gonzolo Alonzo at the Houston Grand Opera HGO 60th Anniversary March 2015
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2096 Phoebe and Bobby Tudor at the Houston Grand Opera HGO 60th Anniversary March 2015
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1240 Ursula and Saul Balagura at the Houston Grand Opera HGO 60th Anniversary March 2015
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1285 Ann and Stephen Kaufman at the Houston Grand Opera HGO 60th Anniversary March 2015
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6400 Ken and Janice Borrow, from left, Joyce DiDonato and Barbara and Pat McCelvey at the Houston Grand Opera HGO 60th Anniversary March 2015
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1324 Janet Kelly and John Carrig at the Houston Grand Opera HGO 60th Anniversary March 2015
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1442 Anthony and Cynthia Petrello at the Houston Grand Opera HGO 60th Anniversary March 2015
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1249 Dick Evans and Michele Beale at the Houston Grand Opera HGO 60th Anniversary March 2015
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1770 Dr. Jack A. Roth and Dr. Elizabeth Grimm at the Houston Grand Opera HGO 60th Anniversary March 2015
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1979 Gary Hollinsworth, from left, Terrylin Neal and Ken Hyde at the Houston Grand Opera HGO 60th Anniversary March 2015
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5608 David Gockley and Lynn Wyatt at the Houston Grand Opera HGO 60th Anniversary March 2015 pd
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2038 Rudy Avelar and Joyce DiDonato at the Houston Grand Opera HGO 60th Anniversary March 2015
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Houston Grand Opera general director for 33 years, David Gockley joined Diamond Underwriter Jan Barrow and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato for HGO's 60th anniversary celebration.

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.

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