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Fresh faces: New opera talents wow at The Petroleum Club in a gala powered by young professionals

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55 Enrique Carreon-Robledo, from left, Dan and Kelly Mathena and Stephanie Helms at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
Enrique Carreon-Robledo, from left, Dan and Kelly Mathena and Stephanie Helms. Photo by © Jesus Tirso
31 Brittany Koger, from left, Seth Hurwitz and Alex Penzell at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
Brittany Koger, from left, Seth Hurwitz and Alex Penzell. Photo by © Jesus Tirso
46 Sarah and Jeff Peterson, from left, and Dr. Petros Carvounis and Sepi Shirali at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
Sarah and Jeff Peterson, from left, Dr. Petros Carvounis and Sepi Shirali. Photo by © Jesus Tirso
45 Jay Karahan and Cynthia Doerr at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
Jay Karahan and Cynthia Doerr. Photo by © Jesus Tirso
23 Bill Maynard and Shelia Rice at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
Bill Maynard and Shelia Rice. Photo by © Jesus Tirso
20 Mike and Marcia Feldman at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
Mike and Marcia Feldman. Photo by © Jesus Tirso
17 Don and Dixie Messner, from left, Stephanie Helms, Kelly Mathena and Chris Newcomer at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
Don and Dixie Messner, from left, Stephanie Helms, Kelly Mathena and Chris Newcomer. Photo by © Jesus Tirso
15 Sherry Taylor, from left, Marianne Terrell, Glenn Taylor and Kenny Terrell at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
Sherry Taylor, from left, Marianne Terrell, Glenn Taylor and Kenny Terrell. Photo by © Jesus Tirso
12 Shirley and Don Rose at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014.
Shirley and Don Rose. Photo by © Jesus Tirso
4 David Douglas and Lamar Matthew Douglas at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
David Douglas and Lamar Matthew Douglas. Photo by © Jesus Tirso
55 Enrique Carreon-Robledo, from left, Dan and Kelly Mathena and Stephanie Helms at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
31 Brittany Koger, from left, Seth Hurwitz and Alex Penzell at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
46 Sarah and Jeff Peterson, from left, and Dr. Petros Carvounis and Sepi Shirali at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
45 Jay Karahan and Cynthia Doerr at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
23 Bill Maynard and Shelia Rice at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
20 Mike and Marcia Feldman at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
17 Don and Dixie Messner, from left, Stephanie Helms, Kelly Mathena and Chris Newcomer at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
15 Sherry Taylor, from left, Marianne Terrell, Glenn Taylor and Kenny Terrell at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014
12 Shirley and Don Rose at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014.
4 David Douglas and Lamar Matthew Douglas at the Opera in the Heights Gala June 2014

What: Opera in the Heights' "Bravissimo! The Grand Gala."

Where: The Petroleum Club.

The 411: As the curtain dropped on the company's 18th successful season, more than 280 supporters dressed up and stepped out for the celebratory/fundraising evening. Surprise entertainment for the dinner crowd featured young opera talents Alicia Gianni and Chris Newcomer, accompanied by Joseph Li on piano, in a presentation of Broadway tunes. This lively musical soirée was chaired by young professionals Kelly and Dan Mathena.

 Executive director Stephanie Helms and artistic director Enrique Carreón-Robledo led the program that honored board member Dr. Petros Carvounis.

Who: Board president David Douglas and wife Lamar, Pam Boring, Heather and Tony Tripodo, Shelia Rice and Bill Maynard, Ernest and Barbara Henley, Shirley and Don Rose, Marcia and Michael Feldman, Pat and Mike Journeay and Corey Powell. 

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