The American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet 2023 Annual Gala, held on November 8th at the French Consulate in New York, was an enchanting and intimate evening, characterized by refined elegance and artistic celebration.
Uniting patrons, philanthropists, opera enthusiasts, and ballet supporters, the gala celebrated the Music and Art, featuring enchanting performances and exquisite cuisine.
The Salon Cheminée hosted a welcoming cocktail reception, providing a Parisian atmosphere for mingling before a seated dinner expertly prepared by Feast & Fetes.
Consul General of France, Jeremie Robert, delivered a heartfelt welcome, setting the stage for the cultural journey. Olivia Tournay Flatto, AFPOB’s Chairman, emphasized the significance of supporting the arts and fostering cultural exchanges.
The gala showcased a musical interlude by American mezzo-soprano Jeanne Ireland, Korean tenor Jonghyun Park, and pianist Deborah Robertson.
Gala Chair, Sana H. Sabbagh, took the stage, highlighting the universal significance of music and art in transcending boundaries.
The gala played a pivotal role in supporting upcoming Paris Opera & Ballet productions featuring American artists, productions and projects that emphasize the importance of fostering French-American friendship through the arts.
Guest included Donna Corbat, Laura Zeckendorf, Marina Couloucoundis, Marie-France Kern, Hal Witt, and Jeanne Hoefliger. Patrons of the Arts, Denise Littlefield Sobel, BNP Paribas CEO Jean-Yves Fillion, Gala main sponsor Muffie Potter Aston, Maureen Footer, Andrew Litton and violinist Katharina Kang Litton, Mary McFadden, Victoria Wyman, Cecila and Pedro Torres, Noreen Buckfire, Ursula Hautle-Striker, Thierry Betbeze and Annie Betbeze, Carolyn Hall, Jean-Pierre Frohlich, Susan Baker and Michael Lynch.