GALA 2018-05-14T18:26:16+00:00

TICKETS    $150

Call (207) 879-7678

To benefit the 2018 season and mainstage production, The Marriage of Figaro

Don’t miss this elegant special event!



Our 2018 Patron Committee!

Elizabeth Astor
Deborah & Sam Barouch
James & Nancy Barton
Philippa & Terry Beal
Peter & Connie Bingham
Ray & Jo Boshold
Charlotte Brown
Ann Elderkin & James Bucknam
Jonathan Carr & Todd Greenquist
Linda Cronkhite
Peggy Dalton
Jerry Davis
Jackie Dennis
Carol Fritz
Thomas G. Jordan & Carl V. Gatto
Robert Hammer
Leslie Hart
John Hatcher & Dan Kennedy
Don Head & Caron Zand
David and Rosemarie Hines
Mary Jean & William Holt
Jane & Phillip Johnston
Jeff & Judy Kane

Richard Krull
Martha & Kennedy Lane
Jana Lapoint
Mrs. Arthur R. LeBlanc Jr.
Candice Lee
Nancy & Mike Marino
Carolyn & Richard McGoldrick
Leonard & Merle Nelson
Aaron Morris
Sarah Newick
Jean Nishiyama
Anne & Vince Oliviero
Peter & Pam Plumb
Jane Sawyer
Warren & Melody Schubert
Arlene & Wilmont Schwind
Elizabeth & John Serrage
Deborah Shinn
Ruth Story
Caroline Teschke
Robin & Fred Webber
Margaret & Skip Wilkis
April Ylvisaker


1. Washington National Opera Weekend
A two-night stay in a one-bedroom apartment (within walking distance of the
Kennedy Center and near excellent restaurants), two tickets to a weekend WNO
performance of your choice during the 2018-19 season, dinner certificates at the
University Club and Agua 301. Enjoy a tour of the Kennedy Center and a tour of
the Hillwood Museum and Gardens (former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post).
Courtesy of Ann Elderkin & James Bucknam, Robin & Fred Webber, Stephen Briggs and Agua 301.

2. Walk-on Role in Opera Maine’s The Marriage of Figaro, July 25 & 27
Make your operatic debut in a walk-on role created just for you by Artistic
Director Dona D. Vaughn!! Will you have to sing? Not unless you think you can
(and Dona agrees). Attendance at rehearsals is mandatory and provides another
fantastic experience all its own. (Two available)

3. Authentic Mexican Theme Dinner for Eight by Chef Candice Lee
A dinner for 8 featuring an outstanding menu based on Candice’s travels to
Oaxaca, Mexico. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (May 5, 2019, commemorating
Mexico’s victory over the French in 1862) or the Day of the Dead (October 31 –
November 2, 2018). Summer 2018 dates may also be arranged. Courtesy of Candice Lee

4. Celebrate Opera Maine’s 25th Anniversary Opening Night, July 24, 2019
A truly special celebration for two! Enjoy dinner and then Opera Maine’s opening
performance from super seats in Merrill Auditorium. A two-night stay at the
Westin Portland Harborview, breakfast included. On July 25 join the cast and
artistic team at the traditional Garden Party in Cape Elizabeth. Pre-opera dinner
TBD. Courtesy of The Westin Portland Harborview; and Liz & John Serrage

5. Private Dinner for 12 with Dona D. Vaughn at The Black Point Inn, Prout’s Neck
Treat yourself and friends to a very special evening: gather in the sunroom for
appetizers, then enjoy a three-course dinner (pre-ordered) in the Atlantic Room.
Wine included. Get to know the genius behind our acclaimed opera productions!
Courtesy of Migis Hotel Group and the Black Point Inn

6. Boston Lyric Opera Excursion for Two
Two tickets to Boston Lyric Opera’s production of The Barber of Seville in October
2018, dinner TBD, and ten hours of black car service (gratuity not included).
Courtesy of Boston Lyric Opera, and Maine Limo

7. Metropolitan Opera Getaway, October 2018
An overnight stay in Manhattan, a pair of tickets to the beloved Zeffirelli
production of Puccini’s La Bohème at the Met on Wednesday, October 10, a
backstage tour of the Met, and roundtrip airfare for two from Portland to JFK.
Courtesy of Nonnie and George Frelinghuysen, James and Nancy Barton, JetBlue

8. Authentic Classically-structured 8-course Italian Dinner for Six by
Anthony Fratianne
This spectacular dinner at Granite Ridge, Norway, Maine, includes an overnight
stay for six and features food from “The Truffle Truck.” Sample fine vintage Italian
wines, an authentic Italian breakfast, and a few surprises. Anthony was chef
apprentice at “Vetri” in Philadelphia, recently named the finest Italian restaurant in
America. His cooking is also influenced by his culinary experiences in Rome and
the Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany. Courtesy of Anthony Fratianne and The Truffle Truck

9. An Operatic Escape to Camden for Two, July 16-18, 2018
Enjoy a two-night stay at the luxurious Camden Harbour Inn with a four-course
dinner and gourmet breakfast each morning at award winning “Natalie’s” (gratuity and
alcohol not included). Two tickets to Opera Maine’s production of Three Decembers
by Jake Heggie, Monday, July 16, 2018, at the Camden Opera House.
Courtesy of Oscar Verest, owner Camden Harbour Inn.

10. Renée Fleming and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, March 14, 2019
Two orchestra-level tickets for the Thursday, March 14, 2019 performance of
this fabled diva in an all-Strauss program with the Boston Symphony Orchestra,
Andris Nelsons conducting. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the St. Botolph
Club in Back Bay.
Courtesy of Alyson Bristol, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Arlene and Bill Schwind

Highlights from the 2017 Gala

Special thanks to Elizabeth Astor who chaired our 2017 Gala Committee!