Dinner with the Stars

Opera fans pour on bubbly and bravos at decadent Fort Worth dinner

Opera fans pour on bubbly and bravos at decadent Fort Worth dinner

Jamie Yanez, Cami Lane
Jamie Yanez, Cami Lane Photo by Style FW/Rachel Delira
Pilar Candia and Diana Acosta
Pilar Candia, Diana Acosta Photo by Style FW/Rachel Delira
Ryan Lathan, Darius Thomas and Devon Guthrie
Ryan Lathan, Darius Thomas, Devon Guthrie Photo by Style FW/Rachel Delira
Laura Sanchez Kinkade and Sheran Keyton
Laura Sanchez Kinkade, Sheran Keyton Photo by Style FW/Rachel Delira
Soprano Meredith Browning
Soprano Meredith Browning performs. Photo by Style FW/Rachel Delira
Mike Martinez and Cassie Dunn
Mike Martinez, Cassie Dunn Photo by Style FW/Rachel Delira
Stephen O’Brien and Paulina Magdaleno
Stephen O'Brien, Paulina Magdaleno Photo by Style FW/Rachel Delira
FW Opera Dinner with the Stars
The event took place at the historic Ashton Depot. Style FW/Rachel Delira
Casey Bryan
Casey Bryan Photo by Style FW/Rachel Delira
FWO’s Artistic Director Joe Illick and FWO’s General Director Tuomas Hiltunen
Joe Illick, Tuomas Hiltunen Photo by Style FW/Rachel Delira
Patrick and Tanya McClanahan
Patrick McClanahan, Tanya McClanahan Photo by Style FW/Rachel Delira
Brian and Charlene Lotz
Brian Lotz, Charlene Lotz Photo by Style FW/Rachel Delira
FW Opera Dinner with the Stars
The performers take their bows. Photo by Style FW/Rachel Delira
Jamie Yanez, Cami Lane
Pilar Candia and Diana Acosta
Ryan Lathan, Darius Thomas and Devon Guthrie
Laura Sanchez Kinkade and Sheran Keyton
Soprano Meredith Browning
Mike Martinez and Cassie Dunn
Stephen O’Brien and Paulina Magdaleno
FW Opera Dinner with the Stars
Casey Bryan
FWO’s Artistic Director Joe Illick and FWO’s General Director Tuomas Hiltunen
Patrick and Tanya McClanahan
Brian and Charlene Lotz
FW Opera Dinner with the Stars

What: Fort Worth Opera Dinner with the Stars

Where: The Ashton Depot

The 411: About 130 of Fort Worth's biggest opera fans — including many new faces — gathered for an elegant, 1920s-inspired evening of delicious food, fundraising, and musical presentations.

Guests danced to holiday tunes while sipping wine, cocktails, and champagne Poinsettias before the festivities began. Fort Worth Opera general director Tuomas Hiltunen welcomed the audience and introduced FWO Board of Trustees Chair Nelson Claytor.

Musical performances began soon after, with a dazzling set by soprano Devon Guthrie, star of FWO's upcoming 2020 comedy Revenge of the Bat (Die Fledermaus), accompanied by Joe Illick, FWO's artistic director, at the piano. She performed arias from Carmen, Floyd’s Susannah, and sang a delightful set of crowd-pleasing songs from the Roaring Twenties.

The opera's Lesley Resident and Studio Artists Darius Thomas, Meredith Browning, Chris Curcuruto, Lwazi Hlati, Megan Koch, Prosper Makhanya, and Kayla Nanto joined in for a sneak peek of next year's festival, with a bubbly performance of Strauss, Jr.'s "Champagne Trio" from Die Fledermaus.

Then it was time for the delectable dinner, featuring an exclusive menu created by Ashton Depot chef Cesar Gallegos. The multicourse meal included a Kabocha pumpkin soup, grilled beef tenderloin, and firecracker jumbo shrimp. A sweet ending came courtesy of a Honeycrisp apple cobbler with pecan and butterscotch gelato.

The night was a musical feast that whetted patrons' appetites for Fort Worth Opera's biggest events next year: the Masked Gala, which will take place on April 18, 2020 at Whiskey Ranch, and next year's festival, set for April 17-May 3, 2020. 

Who: Jamie Yanez, Cami Lane, Pilar Candia, Diana Acosta, Ryan Lathan, Laura Sanchez Kinkade, Sheran Keyton, Mike Martinez, Cassie Dunn, Stephen O'Brien, Paulina Magdaleno, Casey Bryan, Patrick McClanahan, Tanya McClanahan, Brian Lotz, and Charlene Lotz.