Why ring it in when you can sing it in? That's exactly what the Pittsburgh Opera thought, too. It held its first New Year's Eve dinner, concert and post-show dessert and dancing Dec. 31 in the Carnegie Music Hall and foyer. A total of 300 guests took part in "Auld Lang Syne." More than 100 came for dinner and the rest showed up for the show and the new decade toast.
Mezzo soprano Marianne Cornetti, with the help of maestro Antony Walker, the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Pittsburgh Opera's resident artists, started off the new year on a high note. So successful was the event that the board is considering making it an annual affair. The operatic evening of champagne and candelabras generously supported by Dr. George and Kathleen White went on well into the new year. Among those celebrating with song and smiles were Nadine Bognar, board chair Michele Fabrizi, Nachum Golan and Steve Hough, Marshall and Wallis Katz, Michael and Rose Kutsenkow, William Firth Benter and Vivian Fung, Hale and Judy Oliver, Woody and Mary Turner, board president John Traina with Nancy, Dan and Natalie Iracki, Brian Leach, James and Gail Titus, Ken Brand and Mariene Bruschi, Robert and Sharon Sciabassi and, of course, Pittsburgh Opera general director Christopher Hahn.
First Published January 5, 2010 12:15 PM