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Opera in the Heights reception celebrates new leadership and emerging talent

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Stephanie Helms, from left, Jamie Barton, Amanda Kingston and Wesley Morgan at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Stephanie Helms, from left, Jamie Barton, Amanda Kingston and Wesley Morgan. Photo by Shannon Langman
Pam Boring, from left, Sequoia Di Angelo with Edwin Brazda at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Sequoia Di Angelo and Edwin Brazda. Photo by Shannon Langman
Bill Baldwin, left, and Joe Gonzalez at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Bill Baldwin, left, and Joe Gonzalez. Photo by Shannon Langman
Jana Phillips and Bob Bennett at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Jana Phillips and Bob Bennett. Photo by Shannon Langman
Susan Simpson-Jenkins and Aldon Jenkins at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Susan Simpson-Jenkins and Aldon Jenkins. Photo by Shannon Langman
Marianne Terrell, from left, Enrique Carreón-Robledo and Kenny Terrell at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Marianne Terrell, from left, Enrique Carreón-Robledo and Kenny Terrell. Photo by Shannon Langman
Lamar Matthews, left, and Zahava Haenosh at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Lamar Matthews, left, and Zahava Haenosh. Photo by Shannon Langman
Pam Boring and Enrique Carreón-Robledo at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Pam Boring and Enrique Carreón-Robledo. Photo by Shannon Langman
Dixie and Ron Messner at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Dixie and Ron Messner. Photo by Shannon Langman
Deborah Haynie, from left, David Douglas, Bill Baldwin and Ginger Maughs at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Deborah Haynie, from left, David Douglas, Bill Baldwin and Ginger Maughs. Photo by Shannon Langman
Barbara Henley, from left, Lamar Matthew and David Douglas at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Barbara Henley, from left, Lamar Matthews and David Douglas. Photo by Shannon Langman
Dan and Kelly Mathena at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Dan and Kelly Mathena. Photo by Shannon Langman
Stephanie Helms, from left, Jamie Barton, Amanda Kingston and Wesley Morgan at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Pam Boring, from left, Sequoia Di Angelo with Edwin Brazda at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Bill Baldwin, left, and Joe Gonzalez at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Jana Phillips and Bob Bennett at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Susan Simpson-Jenkins and Aldon Jenkins at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Marianne Terrell, from left, Enrique Carreón-Robledo and Kenny Terrell at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Lamar Matthews, left, and Zahava Haenosh at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Pam Boring and Enrique Carreón-Robledo at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Dixie and Ron Messner at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Deborah Haynie, from left, David Douglas, Bill Baldwin and Ginger Maughs at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Barbara Henley, from left, Lamar Matthew and David Douglas at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014
Dan and Kelly Mathena at the Opera in the Heights reception April 2014

What: Opera in the Heights' Maestro Circle welcome reception for new executive director Stephanie Helms.

Where: Home of Bill Baldwin and Joe Gonzalez.

The 411: Another New Yorker moving to Houston . . . now that's something to celebrate. Leaving her post at Opera America in the Big Apple, Stephanie Helms recently relocated to the Bayou City to helm Opera in the Heights. The executive director was welcomed by 65 opera cognoscenti in the tastefully appointed 1900s-era historic Woodland Heights home of Bill Baldwin and Joe Gonzales, whose collection of contemporary art and well-stocked wine cellar impressed the evening's guests.

Music director Enrique Carreón-Robledo introduced rising star mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, winner of the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in Wales. Young artist training programs, including the Houston Grand Opera Studio, were stepping stones for Barton, and she emphasized the importance of such opportunities for young singers as they develop in their careers. Barton, who will appear as Fricka in Houston Grand Opera's production of Das Rheingold, applauded Opera in the Heights' commitment of nurturing young talent.

Who: Event sponsors Pam Boring and Zahava Haenosh plus Kelly and Dan Mathena, Dixie and Ron Messner, Josie and Fred Nevill, Shirley and Don Rose, Barbra and Joseph Munisteri, Barbara Henley, Kimberly Gremillion, Ginger Maughs and Byron Rush, Marcia and Mike Feldman and Emily and Tom Ryan.

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