Long Beach Opera sets the stage for Gala at MoLAA

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long-beach-opera-galaOn Sunday afternoon, October 11, Long Beach Opera will celebrate its coming 2010 season of all-American operas with a chic al fresco gala in the Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Latin American Art. The “Made in the USA Gala” will be an evening of art, fun, music, gourmet cuisine, and surprises.

Meet Austin Powers’ controller Basil Exposition;Logan from Logan’s Run; Count Rudolf Andrenyi, suspected of Murder on the Orient Express;Brian Roberts from Cabaret;and D’Artagnan, swordsman friend of The Three Musketeers, as world famous star of stage, screen and opera, Michael York, hosts the party.

Appetizers and a catered dinner with wine, beverages, and dessert are included as well as entertainment previewing Long Beach Opera’s 2010 performances of The Good Soldier Schweik by Robert Kurka, Nixon in China by John Adams, and Orpheus & Euridice by Ricky Ian Gordon. Soprano Suzan Hanson and Roberto Gomez will sing excerpts from the operas to give everyone a sneak peek at what lies ahead in the new season.

Nationally recognized Auctioneer Jay Fiske, who turns any auction into a tour-de-force performance, will be presenting this year’s auction items. Highlights include:

  • Villa on the Beach Bali vacation;
  • Private concert with celebrated composer Ricky Ian Gordon;
  • Lunch with stage and screen star Michael York;
  • Breakfast with international Metropolitan Opera Star Elizabeth Futral;
  • A Spanish Feast for 10 with Guitaraccompaniment;
  • Drawing by Bill Viola, internationally recognized as one of today’s leading artists;
  • Holiday Boat Trip through Alamitos Bay;
  • LA Times food editor and columnist Russ Parson’s“Stop, Cook and Eat” Tour of Farmer’s Market;
  • Well-known sculptor Bret Price’s Yellow Maquette;
  • Dr. David Carlberg’s private tour of the Bolsa Chica reserve with dinner;
  • Helicoptertrip over Los Angeles and aJapanese Lunch;
  • ChampagneConcert at the home of Director Andreas Mitisek;

The Long Beach Opera’s Made in the USA Gala Dinner and Auction will take place at the Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Avenue in Long Beach on Sunday afternoon, October 11, from 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. Star of stage, screen and opera-Michael York will host the event with performances by opera stars Suzan HansonandRoberto Gomez.

Tickets range from $100-$250 per person or $800-$2,000 for a table of 8. Tickets can be purchased by calling (562) 432-5934 or online atwww.longbeachopera.org. Tickets are required before the event and should be purchased by October 5 to insure availability.

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