They were celebrating the 46th anniversary of Doubles, the private club in the Sherry Netherland where thousands of balloon and streamers covered the ceiling and Bob Hardwick and his Orchestra kept the members and their guests on the dance floor when not enjoying the dinner of classic shrimp cocktail; a choice of grilled filet mignon with asparagus and onion ribbons, or halibut with salsify and truffles, plus a dessert of cherry gelato timbale. The club’s director Wendy Carduner hosted, thanking everyone for their loyalty and support as well as giving a special thanks to the great and wonderful staff at Doubles.
Marifé Hernández and Nizam P. Kettaneh hosted a cocktail reception on May 17th at New York’s French Consulate to toast Opera Lafayette and their upcoming New York Baroque Musique Festival; The Era of Marie-Antoinette Rediscovered, June 7 – 9, 2022.
Consul General of France in New York Jérémie Robert shared, “This festival will redress some misconceptions about Queen Marie-Antoinette. For one, she was fond of Gretry’s Silvain, a work Opera Lafayette will present on June 7th, that reflects on land rights of farmers as well as on the softening of paternal authority through the display of familial virtue, evidently sympathized with both aspects.
“The Salon de musique of Marie-Antoinette, to be performed on June 8th, reminds us on the one hand that she was a musician and that she was open minded, having the Chevalier de Saint-Georges as one of her chamber musicians and composers. On June 9th there will be a performance of Concert Spirituel aux Caraïbes, which illustrates the global reach beyond Europe of the queen’s musical taste for French opera-comique and for Italian music.” The beauty of each of the programs presented during this festival will reveal the discerning taste of Marie-Antoinette.
Guests included Angela Chen, Susan Clearwater, Beatriz Coles, Matthias Ederrer, Mr. and Mrs. John French, April Gow, Susan Gutfreund, Sharon King Hoge, Roberta Downs Sandeman and Arthur A. Houghton, Ambassador and Mrs. Kimihiro Ishikane, Caroline and Max Jahn, Ellie Manko, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Quinlan, Barbara Tober, and Rosemary Zraly.
Opera Lafayette’s festival programming highlights the relation of historical women in 18th century France to the musical life of their time. The three-day event features baroque music performed by international musicians, a roundtable discussion, gala dinner, and reception.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://operalafayette.org/festival2022.
Photographs by Jill Nelson/AnnieWatt.com (Doubles); John Sanderson/AnnieWatt.com (Opera Lafayette)