They had to design the Pittsburgh Opera Association's 54th Diamond Horseshoe Celebration in three acts to fit in all the fun. The nine-hour gala last Saturday began in the Pittsburgh Hilton with Dalilas greeting guests and Samsons guarding the ballroom. The delightful decadence of the 4 p.m. cocktail hour put guests in the right mood for this annual Pittsburgh Opera benefit. General director Christopher Hahn welcomed everyone to Act One, which included dinner followed by the presentation of the Minerva Award to Rose Kunkel Roarty (with husband Dr. Joseph Roarty and her four children, Carolyn Kunkel Saybel, William Kunkel Jr., Dr. James Kunkel and Jonathan Kunkel).
Act II involved the Pittsburgh Opera's opening-night performance of "Samson & Dalila" at the Benedum Center. The final curtain call did not signal the end of the festivities, as guests shuttled back to the Hilton for Opera Blast, which included desserts and dancing to Protege. Among the many who participated in this marathon of mingling were gala chairs John Tippins and Dr. Laura Pallan, opera board chair Michele Fabrizi with Myron Tomb, board president Woody Turner with Mary, and POA president Dr. Saundra Stout with husband Bill.