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Glamorous parties surround Houston Grand Opera's New York production of The Passenger

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Phoebe Tudor, from left, Margaret Tudor, Bobby Tudor and Patrick Summers HGO The Passenger party in NYC July 2014.
Phoebe Tudor, from left, Margaret Tudor, Bobby Tudor and Patrick Summers. Photo by © Stephanie Berger
Morris Gelb and Zofia Posmysz HGO The Passenger party in NYC July 2014
Morris Gelb and Zofia Posmysz. Photo by © Stephanie Berger
Barry Narlines, from left, Melody Moore and Dr. Ron Pototsky HGO The Passenger party in NYC July 2014
Barry Narlines, from left, Melody Moore and Dr. Ron Pototsky. Photo by © Stephanie Berger
Andy and Brucie Moore, from left, with Perryn Leech HGO The Passenger party in NYC July 2014
Andy and Brucie Moore, from left, with Perryn Leech. Photo by © Greg Robertson
Alejandro Magallon, from left, Robin Angly, Alisa Magallon and Dennis Weatherspoon The Passenger party in NYC July 2014
Alejandro Magallon, from left, Robin Angly, Alisa Magallon and Dennis Weatherspoon. Photo by © Greg Robertson
Alan and Ellen Holzberg, from left, with Melody Moore HGO The Passenger party in NYC July 2014
Alan and Ellen Holzberg, from left, with soprano Melody Moore. Photo by © Stephanie Berger
Donald Sweeney, from left, Michelle Breedt and Rhonda Sweeney HGO The Passenger party in NYC July 2014
Donald Sweeney, from left, Michelle Breedt and Rhonda Sweeney. Photo by © Stephanie Berger
News, Shelby, Veterans Room, Park Avenue Armory, July 2014
The cast party was held in the Veterans Room at the Park Avenue Armory. Courtesy of Park Avenue Armory
Banner Outside the Park Avenue Armory HGO The Passenger party in NYC July 2014
The banner outside the Park Avenue Armory. Photo by © Greg Robertson
Phoebe Tudor, from left, Margaret Tudor, Bobby Tudor and Patrick Summers HGO The Passenger party in NYC July 2014.
Morris Gelb and Zofia Posmysz HGO The Passenger party in NYC July 2014
Barry Narlines, from left, Melody Moore and Dr. Ron Pototsky HGO The Passenger party in NYC July 2014
Andy and Brucie Moore, from left, with Perryn Leech HGO The Passenger party in NYC July 2014
Alejandro Magallon, from left, Robin Angly, Alisa Magallon and Dennis Weatherspoon The Passenger party in NYC July 2014
Alan and Ellen Holzberg, from left, with Melody Moore HGO The Passenger party in NYC July 2014
Donald Sweeney, from left, Michelle Breedt and Rhonda Sweeney HGO The Passenger party in NYC July 2014
News, Shelby, Veterans Room, Park Avenue Armory, July 2014
Banner Outside the Park Avenue Armory HGO The Passenger party in NYC July 2014

When Houston Grand Opera took its acclaimed production of The Passenger to the Park Avenue Armory for its New York premiere, patrons and fans followed for a weekend that included not only one of the three performances but also a round of swell parties and activities.

A highlight of their dance card entries was the reception in the swank Park Avenue residence of billionaires Ingeborg and Ira L. Rennert, Lincoln Center board members. The HGO production was part of the Lincoln Center Festival/Park Avenue Armory summer series. ( Rennert is probably best known for his 110,000-square-foot residence in the Hamptoms.)

The Houstonians' itinerary included a private tour of the "Degenerate Art" exhibition at the Neue Galerie, a Lincoln Center Festival performance of Japanese Kabuki theater piece called Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree), dinner hosted by HGO patrons Dr. Ron Pototsky and Barry Narlines, a Northern Trust dinner hosted by Katherine Berry and Gary Reese of the Houston office and a cast party following the opera performance. The latter was held in the Armory's lavishly-appointed Veterans Room.

HGO music and artistic director Patrick Summers conducted the HGO orchestra in the performance that followed the U.S. premiere in January of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's opera focusing on the Holocaust. 

Houstonians in the mix included HGO managing director Perryn Leech, HGOs Rudy Avelar, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Margaret Tudor, Ellen and Alan Holzberg, Robin Angly, tenor Alejandro Magallon and Brucie and Andy Moore. Add Sharon Adams and Rob Jackson, both of Houston First, which was one of the trip sponsors.

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