Diamond Horseshoe Ball Kicks Off Pittsburgh Opera’s season

September 22, 2017
Photos by David Bachman Photography Brazilian tenor Thiago Arancam performs with Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists. Pittsburgh Opera’s Diamond Horseshoe Ball, Omni William Penn. September 22, 2017. Brazilian tenor Thiago Arancam performs with Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists. Pittsburgh Opera’s Diamond Horseshoe Ball, Omni William Penn. September 22, 2017.
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Pittsburgh Opera officially started off its 201718 season with the Diamond Horseshoe Ball at the Omni William Penn on Friday, September 22.


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The gala was chaired by Dr. Vonda Wright, a renowned orthopedic surgeon with UPMC, and her husband Peter Taglianetti, a Stanley Cup winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Over 200 attendees enjoyed a cocktail reception, delicious dinner of filet mignon and Chilean sea bass, performances by the much-​loved Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera, and dancing through the night to the high-​energy Elite Show Band.

Additionally, the Diamond Horseshoe Ball featured both live and silent auctions. The live auction was conducted by WTAE-​TV Channel 4’s legendary broadcaster Sally Wiggin and international star mezzo-​soprano Marianne Cornetti. It featured tantalizing and exclusive items such as an all-​inclusive Cuban cruise, a South African safari, and a trip to Rome.

The event raised over $225,000 towards Pittsburgh Opera’s mission of enriching Pittsburgh and the tri-​state area.


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