NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The long term impact of Hurricane
Katrina, the worst natural disaster in American history, is still
incalculable. Many thousands of residents lost everything and the local
economy in New Orleans is still reeling. New Orleans' arts organizations are
struggling with the displacement of singers, orchestral players, dancers and
actors. As one of the United States' most historic cities, we realize the
value of arts and culture and our spirits remain strong.
New Orleans is known for its distinctive musical heritage. Not only the
birth place of truly American music like Jazz, but well over two hundred years
ago, the first operatic performances on the North American continent were
given here. As plans for the Gala develop it is apparent that the cultural
arts community, in Phoenix fashion, will rise above the despair of destruction
and let great music symbolize the power of the indomitable human spirit.
Placido Domingo's own personal statement for this gala, a variation of
Shakespeare's "If music be the food of love," is "MUSIC IS THE VOICE OF HOPE!"
* Confirmed Artists as of January 17, 2006 Placido Domingo, Denyce
Graves, Paul Groves and Nathan Gunn
* Tickets range from $10 to $1000. NOW ON SALE. Call the New Orleans
Opera Box Office at 504-529-3000
* Patrons with premium seating will receive VIP Parking, a Champagne
Patron Party before the Gala and "Dinner with the Stars" immediately
following. These events are sponsored by the Women's Guild of the New
Orleans Opera Association.
* Music performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by
Maestro Robert Lyall.
* New Orleans Opera Chorus to perform under the direction of ChorusMaster,
* Sponsor -- Mrs. Betty Brooks Doss in memory of Mr. James Brooks.
The New Orleans Opera Association is launching the cultural season for our
city, helping to solidify the future for the Arts in "America's First City of
Opera". No other city in the Western Hemisphere can lay claim to a greater
operatic tradition than New Orleans, with its first opera performances on
May 22, 1796, Gretry's Sylvain. In the 19th century over 400 operas received
their U.S. premieres in New Orleans -- more than any other American city.
CONTACT: Janet Wilson, Director of Marketing
SOURCE New Orleans Opera Association