Songs with Supper

Stars align and sing arias at Fort Worth Opera fundraising dinner

Stars align and sing arias at Fort Worth Opera fundraising dinner

Joey Wilkinson, Megan Bowdon Wilkinson, Drew Herrmann, Pamela Herrman, Dinner with the Stars
Joey Wilkinson, Megan Bowdon Wilkinson, Drew Herrmann, Pamela Herrman Photo by Ben Torres Jr.
Jonathan Blalock, Bronwyn White, Bridget Cappel, Josh Friend, Sam Filson Parkinson, FW Opera, Dinner with the Stars
Jonathan Blalock, Bronwyn White, Bridget Cappel, Josh Friend, Sam Filson Parkinson Photo by Ben Torres Jr.
Bridget Cappel, Bronwyn White, FW Opera, Dinner with the Stars;
Opera apprentices Bridget Cappel and Bronwyn White perform. Photo by Ben Torres Jr.
Jonathan Blalock, FW Opera, Dinner with the Stars 2017
Tenor Jonathan Blalock kisses the hand of Jill Fischer after his performance. Photo by Ben Torres Jr.
Damon Clyde, Gwen Perez, David Perez, Tuomas Hiltunen, FW Opera Dinner with the Stars
Damon Clyde, Gwen Perez, David Perez, Tuomas Hiltunen   Photo by Ben Torres Jr.
FWOpera Artistic Director Joe Illick, Gina Browning, FW Opera Dinner with the Stars
Joe Illick, Gina Browning Photo by Ben Torres Jr.
Mike Martinez, FW Opera Dinner with the Stars
Fort Worth Opera chairman Mike Martinez addresses the audience. Photo by Ben Torres Jr.
FW Opera general director Tuomas Hiltunen, Jerry Lindsay, Kris Lindsay, FW Opera Dinner with the Stars
Tuomas Hiltunen, Kris Lindsay, Jerry Lindsay Photo by Ben Torres Jr.
Jennifer Goldberg, Jayden Goldberg, FW Opera Dinner with the Stars
Jayden Goldberg and Jennifer Goldberg chat with Fort Worth Opera artistic director Joe Illick. Photo by Ben Torres Jr.
Louise B. Carvey, Bob Patton, Jo Ann Patton, FW Opera Dinner with the Stars
Louise Carvey, Bob Patton, Jo Ann Patton Photo by Ben Torres Jr.
Fort Worth Opera, Dinner with the Stars
The dinner took place at the Fort Worth Club. Photo by Ben Torres Jr.
Joey Wilkinson, Megan Bowdon Wilkinson, Drew Herrmann, Pamela Herrman, Dinner with the Stars
Jonathan Blalock, Bronwyn White, Bridget Cappel, Josh Friend, Sam Filson Parkinson, FW Opera, Dinner with the Stars
Bridget Cappel, Bronwyn White, FW Opera, Dinner with the Stars;
Jonathan Blalock, FW Opera, Dinner with the Stars 2017
Damon Clyde, Gwen Perez, David Perez, Tuomas Hiltunen, FW Opera Dinner with the Stars
FWOpera Artistic Director Joe Illick, Gina Browning, FW Opera Dinner with the Stars
Mike Martinez, FW Opera Dinner with the Stars
FW Opera general director Tuomas Hiltunen, Jerry Lindsay, Kris Lindsay, FW Opera Dinner with the Stars
Jennifer Goldberg, Jayden Goldberg, FW Opera Dinner with the Stars
Louise B. Carvey, Bob Patton, Jo Ann Patton, FW Opera Dinner with the Stars
Fort Worth Opera, Dinner with the Stars

What: Fort Worth Opera Dinner with the Stars

Where: The Fort Worth Club

The 411: Opera fans spanning the generations came together for an elegant evening of fine food, fundraising, and musical presentations. Fort Worth Opera's new general director Tuomas Hiltunen and artistic director Joe Illick, along with board chairman Mike Martinez, welcomed guests for a multicourse dinner, cocktails, and performances, including a sneak peek of the 2018 Opera Festival.

Fort Worth Opera-TCU Hattie Mae Lesley Apprentice Artists Bronwyn White and Bridget Cappel performed the "Prince Charming/Lucette duet" from Massenet’s opera Cendrillon (Cinderella), right before she loses her glass slipper. They were joined by fellow apprentices Joshua Friend and Sam Parkinson to perform selections from Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes.

Tenor Jonathan Blalock sang arias and a duet from Fort Worth Opera's upcoming, 1950s Hollywood-inspired production of Donizetti's Don Pasquale. The event came days before the opera's announcement of an all-star cast for the spring festival production, to be staged at Bass Hall on April 28, May 4, and May 6, 2018. (That cast includes Turkish bass-baritone Burak Bilgili, Grammy Award-winning soprano Audrey Luna, baritone Andrew Wilkowske, and Korean tenor Ji-Min Park.)

All proceeds from Dinner with the Stars benefited Fort Worth Opera's Children's Opera Theatre program, as well as the 2018 festival.

Who: Megan Bowdon WilkinsonJoey WilkinsonDrew Herrmann, Pamela HerrmanJonathan BlalockDamon Clyde, Gwen Perez, David Perez, Gina BrowningKris Lindsay, Jerry LindsayJayden Goldberg, Jennifer GoldbergLouise Carvey, Bob Patton, and Jo Ann Patton.