Women from the Verdi Society, Opera Carolinas top level of supporters, gathered at the Duke Mansion on Oct. 9 for coffee and a season preview. Callie Kelly and Anne Carter Smith were co-chairs of the event. Committee members included two opera fans who also happen to be the two most famous wives in NASCAR: Chandra Johnson, wife of Jimmie Johnson, and Ingrid Vandebosch, wife of Jeff Gordon.
Opera Carolinas Maestro James Meena talked about the 2013-2014 season, which begins Saturday with the season opening performance of Aida at Belk Theater. (Additional performances are Oct. 24 and Oct. 27. Details: www.operacarolina.org.) Opera singers including Metropolitan Operas Othalie Graham, who has the starring role in the production, performed for the rapt members.
These ladies and more opera supporters will gather on Oct. 26 for the biggest night on Charlottes social calendar Opera Carolinas annual Bella Notte gala. Ill be there and I cant wait to share photos from that beautiful night. In the meantime, go to www.charlotteobserver.com/style for all the photos from the Verdi Society gathering.
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