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Opera Theater of Pittsburgh welcomed revelers to A Great Gatsby Affair!—our gala fundraiser on Saturday 16 April 2016 at the Pittsburgh Golf Club, Schenley Park, Squirrel Hill. 

This year’s Roaring 20s-themed party featured dinner and dancing to Harlem-stride pianist Tom Roberts and The Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra, songs of the 1920s and a preview of Opera Theater’s SummerFest repertoire. Incredible Silent and Live Auction items, a raffle, plus a Costume Parade and Award Contest for all guests who came dressed in attire from the Gatsby era!

The evening included:

  • Silent and live auctions, with host Jim Roddey
  • Costume parade and awards
  • The return of young operatic sensation Ava Maha 

 

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Private VIP Reception with Marianne Cornetti
Guests joined us at 5:30 pm for a private reception and recital by the legendary mezzo soprano Marianne Cornetti, with proceeds benefitting Opera Theater's Marianne Cornetti Young Artist Scholarship Fund.

Great Gatsby Gala
At 6:30 pm the party really got started with a gourmet seated dinner and performances by Opera Theater young artists. 

Gatsby Gate Crashers
Gate Crashers joined us at 8:15 for dancing to period music by Tom Roberts and the Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra, along with popular songs from the 1920s. Everyone enjoyed dessert and libations all evening. 

 

Marianne Cornetti photo
Photo by Suellen Fitzsimmons

A career is not created by talent alone! Mine was launched by a combination of many things, but none more important than the financial support, love and encouragement of the community around me. It is such a privilege for me to be able to give back now, and to be a part of that special community that cares for the future of our young rising opera stars!
—Marianne Cornetti

 

As Jay Gatsby would say:  "Be there, Old Sport!" 

 

Divine chocolates courtesy of
Philadelphia Candies

 

 

A Great Gatsby Affair benefits Opera Theater's Marianne Cornetti Young Artist Scholarship Fund.

 

#gatsbyaffair

Performance Venues

SummerFest performances take place on the Shadyside campus of Winchester Thurston School, either in the Falk Auditorium (all mainstage productions) or the Hilda Willis Room (Little Red Riding Hood and Night Caps).

Winchester Thurston School
555 Morewood Ave (at the corner of Ellsworth Avenue)
Pittsburgh  PA  15213

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