Winter Opera News

New Season Kickoff a Wonderful Success!

Our 12th Annual Fall Gala Fundraiser on September 28th was a wonderful success! Held at Old Warson Country Club for the second year in a row, we had record attendance with 232 guests. Thank you everyone who attended and celebrated with us. Your presence truly made the night a memorable one!

The evening included a silent auction, live auction, and entertainment by top artists from this upcoming season: Soprano Karen Kanakis, mezzo-soprano Benedetta Orsi, baritone Nicholas Ward, and tenor Gregory Schmidt, with special appearances by soprano Gina Galati and tenor Keith Boyer.

New Winter Opera board member, Lu Barnes, received an award for bringing the most guests for the fourth year in a row – this year she brought 120!

Our founder, Gina Galati, was presented with a Winter Opera quilt that featured a St. Louis City skyline and the titles of every opera the company has produced. The quilt was generously made Mrs. Vivienne Mazzotta, longtime friend and supporter of Ms. Galati and Winter Opera St. Louis.

The funds raised during the auctions and Fund A Need will greatly help with covering the costs of our January opera, L’Italiana in Algeri by Gioachino Rossini.

Thank you to everyone who so generously gave that evening – your donations help us continue to bring world-class performances year after year!

Town & Style Magazine and Ladue News covered the cocktail hour of the evening. Thank you Bill Barrett for the wonderful photos! His photos can be found here.

And a special thank you to Mr. Richard Benkof for taking such wonderful photos throughout the evening! Some highlights of the evening can be seen below.

Mary Pillsbury Wainwright, Mary Lou Keech, Nancy Pillsbury, Natalia Bogdanova, Melissa Paz

Lu Barnes, Gina Galati, Nancy Pillsbury Shirley

Dr. Bill Reilly, Jim Forsyth, and George Paz

Jan Congdon, Wanda Million, Barbara Field, Gerry Frankenfeld

Dominic Galati, tenor Gregory Schmidt, Jackie Galati, baritone Nicholas Ward

Dale Klaus, Carl Shirley, Robert Insalaco, Dr. Bill Reilly

Theresa Klaus and Erin Insalaco

Sharon and Michael Raney

Kathy McDonald and Jennifer Luner

Lu Barnes and tenor Keith Boyer

Soprano Karen Kanakis, Nancy Pillsbury Shirley, mezzo-soprano Benedetta Orsi

baritone Nicholas Ward

Potter Varley, Deb Rich, Susan and Cicardi Bruce

Mimi and Adam Diantonio