Opera Guild Gala will be Friday – News – Tuscaloosa News

The fourth annual Opera Guild Gala, “Bravo! An Evening with Our Stars,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Bryant Conference Center.

The event will feature a formal dinner, silent and live auctions and entertainment by University of Alabama students and faculty, who will perform selections from opera and the musical theater.

Tickets are $100 per person and available at https://www.uaoperaguild.org. Proceeds will support the Opera Theatre at UA.

The silent auction will feature a photo safari for two people for six days and nights in the Zulu Nyala Game Preserve in South Africa.

Among other items being offered at the live auction will be a vacation at a Fort Morgan beach home, along with certificates for several area restaurants; a trip to New Orleans for two at the Monteleone Hotel, in addition to a jazz dinner cruise for two on the Natchez; and residence in a private home in Spain near Barcelona.

Another highlight of the live auction is a 14K diamond pendant from a local jeweler. A Tuscaloosa restaurant has offered a wine pairing for 40.

“For our silent auction we plan to offer around 50 items including a number of paintings and prints by local and nationally known artists, vacation accommodations, restaurant reservations, season tickets for Theatre Tuscaloosa and the Tuscaloosa Symphony, gift baskets, a wine-tasting at Napa, California, opera tickets in Atlanta and Pensacola; and a spa day with the works from a local spa,” said Leanne Spencer, co-chair of the fundraising project.

Faculty performers will include Susan Fleming, mezzo-soprano, professor of voice; Paul Houghtaling, bass-baritone, associate professor of voice; Susan Williams, soprano, assistant professor of voice; David Tayloe, assistant professor of voice; the accompanist will be Kevin Chance, assistant professor of piano.

Student singers will include:  Lydia Beasley, soprano; Jillian Johnson, soprano; Tyler Koch, baritone; Ariel McKinney, mezzo-soprano; Marie Smithwick,…

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