WL Events: Opera’s Masked Ball

Librettos and arias were the focus at the Washington National Opera Opening Night Gala at the Italian Embassy.
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Cathy and Paul Williams at the Washington Opera Opening Night Gala. Photo by Kyle Samperton.

Cathy and Paul Williams at the Washington Opera Opening Night Gala. Photo by Kyle Samperton.

Patrons carried the title theme of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” one step beyond the usual Washington pale by donning masks at a lively Venetian-style gala hosted by Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata and Antonella Cinque. Whether beaded, brocaded, plastic, or silk, lots of “new faces” made the scene in unique and amusing ways – despite scant time to pose and preen before the post-performance dinner dance got underway around 11 p.m. Newly-sworn-in Supreme Court Justice made this masked- affair her first appearance at a high-end social event at behest of senior colleague . Local VIPs , Robert and , and also showed up to celebrate Washington Opera’s sesonal debut.

Washington Opera Gala 2010

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