Arizona Opera Raises $220,000 at Luncheon Gala

Posted By on March 22, 2018

By Karen Werner

Where does a Rhinemaiden, a giant, and two adorable Nibelungen greet guests? Arizona Opera’s Luncheon on the Rhine.

The 2018 luncheon gala took place on March 17 at the Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa. More than 250 guests sipped aperitifs on the lawn before going inside to enjoy a seated luncheon of German favorites such as red cabbage, spaetzle and schnitzel — a nod to Arizona Opera’s spring production of Das Rheingold.

The event was chaired by Shoshana B. Tancer and Jo Kuchai Pulvermacher, and in recognition of extraordinary support to Arizona Opera, Joseph Specter, president and general director, presented Crystal Key Awards to Roma B. Wittcoff of Phoenix; Marlys A. Beider of Tucson; and OPERA America of New York City.

The afternoon included an auction of incredible items such as 3-carat diamond pavé earrings, a 9-day Rhine river cruise, and a delectable four-course meal prepared in the home of Arizona Opera president Joseph Specter and his wife, Kate, along with an intimate recital of opera arias, duets and stories.

The program concluded with live performances by the internationally acclaimed baritone Richard Paul Fink, along with the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio artists.

This delightful afternoon of music and dining raised $220,000 in support of Arizona Opera.

  • Sandra and Rusty Lines
  • Patricia Peterson, Ashton Bates and Kimberly Peterson
  • Marilyn Kluge, Nils Lindfors, Jo Pulvermacher the Gala Co-chair
  • Katrina Galka, David Bolger, Dorothy Lincoln-Smith
  • Katrina Galka and Jarrett Porter
  • Kate Specter and Shoshana Tancer the Gala Co-chair
  • John Balding and Julie Swanson-Balding
  • Joe Specter_Marion Roose Pullin_Christopher Cano_David Gockley
  • Jean Cooper, Taylor Brewster and Tracy Brewster
  • Elise and Shannon Bard
  • Das Rheingold Characters, Chad McClusky as Giant, Melanie Holm as Rheinmaiden, Sophie and Charlotte Specter as the Nibelungs
  • Betty Perryman and Daniel Perryman
Karen Werner

About Karen Werner

Karen Werner is the editor of Frontdoors Media. She is a writer, editor and media consultant. She has interned at The New Yorker, worked at Parents Magazine, edited five books and founded several local magazines. Her work has appeared in Sunset, Mental Floss and the Saturday Evening Post.

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