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Mega jewels, stunning gowns and dashing gents make this Opera Ball a $1.3 million extravaganza

Mega jewels, stunning gowns and dashing gents make $1.3 million ball

6 Perryn Leech, from left, Robin Angly, Miles Smith and Patrick Summers Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Perryn Leech, from left, Robin Angly, Miles Smith and Patrick Summers. Photo by © Gary Fountain
285 The crowd and venue Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Wortham Theater Center Grand Foyer was decorated by The Events Co. with 17,000 roses, 1,600 dahlias and swags of colorful bougainvillea.  Photo by © Gary Fountain
249 Lisa Frantz and James Stein Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Lisa Frantz and James Stein. Photo by © Gary Fountain
240 Bobby and Phoebe Tudor Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Bobby and Phoebe Tudor. Photo by © Gary Fountain
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Diane Lokey Farb, left, in Naeem Khan with Janet Gurwitch in Thierry Mugler. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
278 Beau Miller, from left, Lynn Wyatt and Patrick Summers Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Beau Miller, from left, Lynn Wyatt and Patrick Summers. Photo by © Gary Fountain
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Cynthia Petrello in Monique Lhuillier. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
259 Joey and Sarah Neuhoff, from left, with Haydee Colon and Bubba Clark Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Joey and Sarah Neuhoff, left, with Haydee Colon and Bubba Clark. Photo by © Gary Fountain
49 Camille Connelly, from left, Audrey White and Julie Chen Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Camille Connelly, from left, Audrey White and Julie Chen. Photo by © Gary Fountain
183 Beth Madison and Glen Rosenbaum Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Beth Madison and Glen Rosenbaum. Photo by © Gary Fountain
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Fady Armanious in a lace cape by Monique Lhuillier with Hallie Vanderhider in a Monique Lhuiller gown. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
41 Wes Hart, from left, Birgitt Van Wijk and Noe Quintana Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Wes Hart, from left, Birgitt Van Wijk and Noe Quintana. Photo by © Gary Fountain
119 Datren Williams, from left, Jesse Tyson, Kevin Harris and Mark Black Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Datren Williams, from left, Jesse Tyson, Kevin Harris and Mark Black. Photo by © Gary Fountain
176 Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel. Photo by © Gary Fountain
91 Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn. Photo by © Gary Fountain
205 Sandra Manela, from left, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl and Jeremy Garcia Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Sandra Manela, from left, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl and Jeremy Garcia. Photo by © Gary Fountain
113 Cheryl Tyson, from left, Maya Williams, Michelle Black and Mayerland Harris Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Cheryl Tyson, from left, Maya Williams, Michelle Black and Mayerland Harris. Photo by © Gary Fountain
233 Beth Walker, left, and Bo Boyd Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Beth Walker, left, and Bo Boyd. Photo by © Gary Fountain
196 Callan Edquist and Christina Stith Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Callan Edquist and Christina Stith. Photo by © Gary Fountain
294 The crowd and venue Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Walls were decorated with images of matadors and contessas. Photo by © Gary Fountain
6 Perryn Leech, from left, Robin Angly, Miles Smith and Patrick Summers Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
285 The crowd and venue Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
249 Lisa Frantz and James Stein Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
240 Bobby and Phoebe Tudor Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
News, Shelby, HGO Best Ball gowns, April 2015, Diane Lokey Farb, Janet Gurwitch
278 Beau Miller, from left, Lynn Wyatt and Patrick Summers Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
News, Shelby, HGO Best Ball gowns, April 2015, Cynthia Petrello
259 Joey and Sarah Neuhoff, from left, with Haydee Colon and Bubba Clark Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
49 Camille Connelly, from left, Audrey White and Julie Chen Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
183 Beth Madison and Glen Rosenbaum Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
News, Shelby, HGO Best Ball gowns, April 2015, Fady Armanious, Hallie Vanderhider
41 Wes Hart, from left, Birgitt Van Wijk and Noe Quintana Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
119 Datren Williams, from left, Jesse Tyson, Kevin Harris and Mark Black Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
176 Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
91 Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
205 Sandra Manela, from left, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl and Jeremy Garcia Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
113 Cheryl Tyson, from left, Maya Williams, Michelle Black and Mayerland Harris Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
233 Beth Walker, left, and Bo Boyd Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
196 Callan Edquist and Christina Stith Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
294 The crowd and venue Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015

It was a brilliant evening of roses, ruffles and mucho dinero as Houston Grand Opera took an Iberian turn with its annual white-tie-and-tails gala, this year playing on the theme of España. With 17,000 roses on display and 450 guests in gala splendor, the magical night raised $1.3 million.

Gala chairs Robin Angly and Miles Smith selected the theme that played out magnificently in the Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center. The glitterati were thoroughly transported by the near-embarrassing riches of roses, 1,600 dahlias and swags of bougainvillea all combined with images of matadors and flamenco dancers and a vast mural of a flower-decked Spanish arcade. 

Of the spectacular decor, HGO managing director Perryn Leech said, "Richard Flowers (The Events Co.) is a great collaborator and we get to play with him and do beautiful, beautiful settings like this tonight."

Classical guitars started the entertainment that crescendoed with a fiery performance by Juan Siddi Flamenco from Santa Fe, N.M., a seductive song and dance presentation that had more than a few ladies considering taking up flamenco.

The theme not only set the lavish tone of the decor but also inspired many of the swans to dress in red beginning with ball chair Angly in Naeem Khan and including Lynn Wyatt in Valentino, Jana Arnoldy in Alexander McQueen, Margaret Alkek Williams in Ripetto, Barbara LeGrange in Valentino, Lisa Frantz in Monique Lhuillier and Mary D'Andrea in vintage Valentino.

 The theme not only set the lavish tone of the decor but also inspired many of the swans to dress in red. 

Houston Grand Opera music and artistic director Patrick Summers, discussing the importance of the evening said, "This is a night when HGO and the community come together to raise money for the company and to celebrate our mutual passion for the art form."

Among those displaying their opera passions were Cynthia and Tony Petrello, Beth Madison, Glen Rosenbaum, Diane Lokey Farb with Mark Sullivan, Dian and Harlan Stai, Donna and Bob Bruni, Kevin Black and Tony Bradfield, Pat and Dan Breen, Frances Marzio, Anna Dean, Denise Bush Bahr and Philipp Bahr and the talented team from City Kitchen which served a four-course Spanish-inspired dinner.

See a video of the stunning opera ball here.