On Friday, March 10, 2017, Palm Beach Opera Board of Directors, Co-Producer Society, as well as dedicated supporters and friends gathered at The Kravis Center for Performing Arts in West Palm Beach for the Opening Night Dinner and opera performance of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi.
Guests were welcomed by Palm Beach Opera’s Chairman of the Board, Dennis Williams, and General Director, Daniel Biaggi. Maestro Antonello Allemandi, and Jay Lesenger, Stage Director for Rigoletto, joined attendees at the opening night festivities.
Palm Beach Opera’s run of Rigoletto opened to rave audience and critical reviews, continuing its 56th season with extraordinary, world-class productions.
Rigoletto was generously underwritten by the following members of Palm Beach Opera’s Co-Producer Society: Mrs. Cornelia T. Bailey, Executive Producer; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lester and Mr. and Mrs. Dennis K. Williams, Double Co-Producers; The Daft Family Foundation, Mr. Nathan Leventhal, Meridian Capital Group, Israel Schubert, and Mr. Marc Solomon, Single Co-Producers; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Streim, Associate Co-Producers; Merrill and Charles Gottesman, Season Concertmaster Sponsor; Ms. Barbara Greis and Mr. Howard Gottlieb and Dr. and Mrs. John Strasswimmer, Assistant Co-Producers; and Palm Beach Opera Guild, Supertitles Sponsor.
There were over 110 people in attendance for the opening night dinner including General Director, Daniel Biaggi, Board Chairman Dennis Williams and his wife, Roseanne, Jeffrey and Lee Alderton, Bruce Beal and Francis Cunningham, Gladys Benenson, Maude Cook, Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Paul and Sandra Goldner, Arlette Gordon, Steven and Caroline Harless, Peter and Linda Hoffman, David and Ingrid Kosowsky, Anneliese Langner, Henry and Marsha Laufer, Scott and Monica Laurans, Tova Leidesdorf, Roger and Claude Lourie, Michael McCafferty and Joseph Horton, Charles and Wilma Mooney, Jennifer Myerberg, Mayor Samuel and Tina Raia, Ari Rifkin, Michael and Olive Schaeffer, Marc Solomon, Martin and Toni Sosnoff, Dr. John and Karin Strasswimmer, Ed and Lynn Streim, Helen Sweig, Sieglinde Wikstrom, and David Walker, Palm Beach Opera Managing Director.