Opera in Vogue

Come Friday, October 21, we%26rsquo;ll be on the ultimate red-carpet watch: The Dallas Opera has pulled out all the stops for its First Night of Tragic Obsessions gala %26mdash; a red-carpet-meets-opera-meets-fashion-show affair, with media sponsor PaperCity, celebrating the debut performance of the Opera%26rsquo;s 2011-2012 season. This won%26rsquo;t be your standard, buttoned-up opening night. Instead, the Opera%26rsquo;s general director and CEO Keith Cerny, First Night chairman Kaki Hopkins and Red Carpet chairs Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Marisa Huckin have combined their areas of expertise (from the stage to society to the runway) for a multifaceted evening that begins sharply at 6 pm outside the scarlet-hued Winspear Opera House, with a red-carpet entr%26eacute;e. Five local fashion designers (Geoffrey Henning, Nha Khanh, Abi Ferrin, Michael Faircloth and Nicolas Villalba) will each create a theatrical gown inspired by operas, to be worn by five social swells %26mdash;%26nbsp;think D%26rsquo;Andra Simmons, Liz Kimple, Tanya Foster, Shannon Skokos and Linda Ivy. After the flashbulbs have snapped, guests will continue inside for the opening-night performance of Lucia di Lammermoor, followed by a divine seated dinner by Wolfgang Puck Catering. It wouldn%26rsquo;t be a red-hot to-do without a flock of excited onlookers: During the First Night event, The Dallas Opera will debut its second-ever Plazacast @ the Center, with a red-carpet viewing and live video telecast of the performance open to the public outside the Winspear in Sammons Park. Indeed, music to our ears. Information and tickets 214.443.1063; dallasopera.org.


Image: Photo by Steve Foxall.

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