Hitting the High Notes

Opera in the Heights closes 19th season on high note with glorious evening of music and standing ovations

Opera in the Heights closes season on high note with glorious music

Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Ashish and Sameera Mahendru, Tim McConn
Ashish and Sameera Mahendru, from left, and Tim McConn Photo by Jesus Tirso
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Marianne and Kenny Terrell
Marianne and Kenny Terrell. Photo by Jesus Tirso
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Mikey and Jodi Gough
Mikey and Jodi Gough. Photo by Jesus Tirso
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Lauren Parkan, Kelly Mathena and Katrina Parker
Lauren Parkan, from left, Kelly Mathena and Katrina Parker. Photo by Jesus Tirso
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Lois Alba
Honoree Lois Alba. Photo by Jesus Tirso
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, David Douglas and Lamar Mathews
David Douglas and Lamar Mathews. Photo by Jesus Tirso
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Michelle Bradley
Award-winning soprano Michelle Bradley. Photo by Jesus Tirso
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Lauren and Brandon DeFrehn
Lauren and Brandon DeFrehn. Photo by Jesus Tirso
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Douglas Leyendecker, Marcy Holloway and Josh Agrons
Douglas Leyendecker, from left, Marcy Holloway and Josh Agronsz. Photo by Jesus Tirso
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Lynn and Bo Eagles
Lynn and Bo Eagles. Photo by Jesus Tirso
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Brittany Koger and Anna Campbell
Brittany Koger, left, and Anna Campbell. Photo by Jesus Tirso
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Mariam Khalili
Mariam Khalili. Photo by Jesus Tirso
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Viula and Ray Torgerson
Viula and Ray Torgerson. Photo by Jesus Tirso
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015,  Daniel Scofield and Erin Kenneavy, Keith Chapman
Daniel Scofield, from left, Erin Kenneavy and Keith Chapman. Photo by Jesus Tirso
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Megan and Andrew Tripodo
Megan and Andrew Tripodo. Photo by Jesus Tirso
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Ashish and Sameera Mahendru, Tim McConn
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Marianne and Kenny Terrell
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Mikey and Jodi Gough
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Lauren Parkan, Kelly Mathena and Katrina Parker
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Lois Alba
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, David Douglas and Lamar Mathews
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Michelle Bradley
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Lauren and Brandon DeFrehn
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Douglas Leyendecker, Marcy Holloway and Josh Agrons
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Lynn and Bo Eagles
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Brittany Koger and Anna Campbell
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Mariam Khalili
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Viula and Ray Torgerson
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015,  Daniel Scofield and Erin Kenneavy, Keith Chapman
Houston, Opera in the Heights gala, May 2015, Megan and Andrew Tripodo

Music and more music punctuated the Opera in the Heights' fundraising dinner that closed the company's 19th season. The 35th floor perch of the Petroleum Club with expansive views of the Houston skyline was the perfect setting for "An Evening in the Magnolia City."

The evening honored Opera in the Heights co-founder and former artistic director Lois Alba, stunning in a shimmering gown fit for a diva. After receiving honors from company board chairman Josh Agrons, Alba introduced her student and protégé, soprano Michelle Bradley. Winner of the 2014 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, she brought the house down with "Vissi d'arte" from  Puccini's Tosca. She was rewarded with an extended standing ovation. 

The evening also included performances by Opera in the Heights alumni Octavio Moreno and Amanda Kingston in solo and duet presentations.

Marianne and Kenny Terrell chaired the evening that featured a silent auction with two special opportunities — a private dinner with Opera in the Heights maestro Eiki Isomura and the opportunity to conduct the national anthem on opening night of OH!’s 20th anniversary season, as part of an “Ultimate Opera Experience” package. 

Opera lovers included OH! executive director Mariam Khalili, artistic director Keith Chapman, Arthur Wachter, Lamar Matthews and David Douglas, Heather and Tony Tripodo, Corey Powell, Josie and Fred Neville, Marcia and Mike Feldman and Lynn and Bo Eagles.

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