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Washington National Opera 2010 Opera Ball Hosted by the Embassy of The Russian Federation Photo by Tony Brown


Opera Ball Since 1956, Washington National Opera has celebrated the end of the opera season with The Opera Ball, a world-class, meticulously-designed, two-part, black-tie evening celebrating opera and the cultural connections that can be forged through the arts. This event attracts world-wide media coverage and has established itself as the #1 event in Washington, DC. Last year’s Opera Ball was held at the Embassy of The Russian Federation and attracted over 500 guests – including Members of Congress, Administration Officials, Supreme Court Justices, business leaders, members of the diplomatic community, and many other sought-after guests in Washington. This year’s Opera Ball, hosted by the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Zhang Yesui and his wife Mme. Chen Naiqing, at the Chancery of the Embassy of The People’s Republic of China, will honor Plácido Domingo’s 15-year legacy with WNO.


Embassy of The People’s Republic of China Washington, DC Photo by Paul Warchol


Chinese Embassy Host of the 2011 Opera Ball For the first time in history, the annual Opera Ball will be held at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and will be hosted by new Chinese Ambassador to the US, Mr. Zhang Yesui and his wife Mme. Chen Naiqing. The Chinese Embassy is among the largest embassies in the United States. Designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei, the building serves as the new symbol of the People’s Republic of China to the United States. On May 7, 2011, Opera Ball guests will attend one of 30 intimate dinners given by various Ambassadors in their residences. As a corporate supporter, you would have your choice of embassy for dinner. After the dinner, guests will proceed from around town to meet at the Chinese Embassy for dessert, dancing, and vast array of Chinese cultural demonstrations.


Plรกcido Domingo Photo by Greg Gorman


Plácido Domingo The 2011 Opera Ball honors Plácido Domingo for his 15-year legacy with Washington National Opera. Maestro Domingo is one of the most recognized artists in the world today. His honors include: Named Greatest Tenor of All Time by BBC General Director of WNO and Los Angeles Opera 9 Grammy Awards 2 Latin Grammys Rank of Commander of France’s Legion of Honor Performed for closing ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Honorary Knighthood of the British Empire Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States of America World Award for Humanitarian Causes from President Mikhail Gorbachev


Washington National Opera production of La Traviata Photo by Karin Cooper


Washington National Opera For more than 50 years, Washington National Opera (WNO) has presented world-class opera to standingroom-only audiences. General Director Plácido Domingo has transformed WNO into a company of world-wide acclaim, attracting the most sought-after singers, conductors, directors, and designers. Washington National Opera’s Board of Trustees is composed of leaders in business, education, and government. Committed to furthering the art of opera, WNO produces internationally acclaimed performances at the Kennedy Center, and administers the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program – one of the leading training programs in the world. WNO serves public school students throughout Maryland, Washington, and Northern Virginia with interactive and multi-disciplinary arts education programs. The Opera Ball revenue supports these important initiatives.


Corporate Support Sponsors of this signature event will enjoy the perfect environment to forge new long-lasting business and social connections. The Opera Ball is a see-and-beseen event attended by Members of Congress, Administration Officials, Supreme Court Justices, business leaders and high-profile members of the media. Your partnership will help WNO: stage world-class productions showcase top opera singers bring Arts education and outreach programs to underserved public schools in the District of Columbia develop young stars through the nationally acclaimed Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program enrich and diversify Washington’s cultural environment


2010 Opera Ball Photo by Russell Hirshon


Corporate Sponsorship Benefits Laureate’s Circle

$100,000

Invitation for 10 persons at an Embassy Dinner and The Opera Ball Preferential seating for the Embassy Dinner Complimentary invitations for 8 to a special event for major donors (date TBD) Acknowledgment on the formal invitation as a member of the Laureate’s Circle Full-page acknowledgment in the bound tribute book as a member of the Laureate’s Circle* Reserved table by the dance floor at the Ball

Maestro’s Circle

$50,000

Invitation for 10 persons at an Embassy Dinner and The Opera Ball Preferential seating for the Embassy Dinner Complimentary invitations for 6 to a special event for major donors (date TBD) Acknowledgment on the formal invitation as a member of the Maestro’s Circle Full-page acknowledgment in the bound tribute book as a member of the Maestro’s Circle* Reserved table by the dance floor at the Ball * In honor of WNO’s 15th season with Plácido Domingo as General Director of WNO, all supporters in the Chairman’s Circle and above will be identified individually in the bound tribute book with company name and corporate logo associated with a full-page photo from one of Maestro Domingo’s WNO productions.


2010 Opera Ball Photo by Tony Brown


Corporate Sponsorship Benefits Chairman’s Circle

$25,000

Invitation for 8 persons at an Embassy Dinner and The Opera Ball Preferential seating for the Embassy Dinner Complimentary invitations for 4 to a special event for major donors (date TBD) Acknowledgment on the formal invitation as a member of the Chairman’s Circle Full-page acknowledgment in the bound tribute book as a member of the Chairman’s Circle* Reserved table by the dance floor at the Ball * In honor of WNO’s 15th season with Plácido Domingo as General Director of WNO, all supporters in the Chairman’s Circle and above will be identified individually in the bound tribute book with company name and corporate logo associated with a full-page photo from one of Maestro Domingo’s WNO productions.

Director’s Circle

$10,000

Invitation for 6 persons at an Embassy Dinner and The Opera Ball Preferential seating for the Embassy Dinner Complimentary invitations for 2 to a special event for major donors (date TBD) Acknowledgment on the formal invitation as a member of the Director’s Circle Acknowledgment in the bound tribute book as a member of the Director’s Circle** Reserved table by the dance floor at the Ball ** Director’s Circle supporters will be identified in the bound tribute book with company name and corporate logo associated with full-page photo from one of Maestro Domingo’s WNO productions, with two Director’s Circle supporters per page.

Contact Sara Gilbertson at 240.432.0174 or 202.295.2421 or sgilbertson@dc-opera.org.


Opera Ball 2011 Brochure  

Since 1956, Washington National Opera has celebrated the end of the opera season with The Opera Ball, a world-class, meticulously-designed,...