Bel Canto Ball – Opera Orlando’s Fourth Annual Gala

[su_box title=”Event Info” box_color=”#f3100f”]Bel Canto Ball – Opera Orlando’s Fourth Annual Gala
The Alfond Inn at Rollins College – 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park, Florida
Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 6 p.m. (cocktail hour) | 7 p.m. (formal dinner)
Tickets – Individual tickets start at $250. Tables of eight start at $3,000.
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Opera Orlando will hold its fourth annual gala — Bel Canto Ball — honoring its founding board of directors and emeritus board members on the evening of Saturday, April 13. The setting will be the award-winning Alfond Inn at Rollins College in Winter Park. The Orlando Sentinel’s “Taking Names” columnist Scott Maxwell will host the gala that will include operatic selections from a quartet of nationally renowned soloists, accompanied by pianist Robin Jensen, plus special tributes to the honorees and a silent and live auction.

“We have so much to look forward to at Opera Orlando as we head into our fourth season at Dr. Phillips Center and the imminent opening of Steinmetz Hall,” explained president of the board of directors John Wettach. “All of our growth and in fact our very existence would not be possible without the devotion and efforts of our founding board of directors who kept opera in Orlando alive after Orlando Opera folded in 2009. They built Florida Opera Theatre then and stayed with us as we relaunched as Opera Orlando in 2016. We are thrilled to be able to honor them at our Gala and celebrate their years of hard work and dedication to this amazing art form.”

Attendees are in for a real feast for the ears as Opera Orlando proudly welcomes some amazing talent for the evening. Metropolitan Opera soprano Brittany Renee Robinson returns for the evening, having last been seen in Opera Orlando’s Star Trek inspired The Abduction from the Seraglio. She will be joined by soprano Camille Ortiz, baritone Torlef Borsting, and tenor Chad Johnson, whom attendees will remember from his stellar performance as Don Ottavio in the company’s 2017 production of Don Giovanni. The program will feature beloved operatic arias and ensembles along with a sneak peak of Opera Orlando’s 2019-20 season. “People have said that no one throws a party like the opera, and this year we are pulling out all the stops, especially with our singers,” said executive and artistic director Gabriel Preisser. “Be prepared for vocal fireworks, great food, great company, and, as always, a few surprises thrown in for good measure.”

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a formal dinner at 7 p.m. All proceeds and money raised from the gala will go towards Opera Orlando’s future seasons as it prepares to move into Steinmetz Hall at Dr. Phillips Center in the fall of 2020.

Opera Orlando is a registered 501c3 non-profit, and therefore a portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible. Corporate and group tables, as well as individual tickets, are available. The dress is black-tie. For reservations and additional information, please contact the Opera Orlando office at or 407-512-1900 or visit

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Many thanks to our Bel Canto Ball sponsors:

Orlando Health, The Ginsburg Family Foundation, Dr. Phillips Charities,
Graystone Consulting (a business of Morgan Stanley), Sundance Printing,
Passport Winter Park, Merrill Lynch, The University of Central Florida, and Adtangibles.

About Opera Orlando: Where the City goes for Opera, Opera Orlando is now in its third full season of producing high-quality operatic entertainment and educational programs that engage Central Florida audiences.

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