Washington Life Magazine
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The Opera Ball
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Washington National Opera held its annual ball on June 5 at the residence of British Ambassador Sir David Manning and Lady Manning. As always, numerous embassies held pre-ball dinners, including the Japanese Embassy, which served a multi-course meal that no restaurant could rival. After dinner, over 500 guests headed to the Brits’ for dancing and a dessert buffet from Occasions Caterers. The residence was beautifully decorated in a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” theme with the impressive British Rose Garden as a backdrop.

The ball grossed over $3 million, thanks to the $1 million contribution by chairwoman Betty Knight Scripps. Proceeds from the ball benefit the opera’s performances, as well as education and community programs.




Photos by Kyle Samperton

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