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Experience A (New Orleans) StreetCar Named Desire at the Opera Ball

07:00 September 07, 2023
By: Presley Tyler

The Women's Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association is thrilled to announce the return of their annual Opera Ball.

The fundraising gala will be held on Saturday, October 7. This elegant black-tie affair will feature "A Streetcar Named Desire" as the theme and the stylish new Higgins Hotel as the backdrop. Opera Ball 2023 will come to life with a lavish formal dinner, specialty cocktails, dancing, entertainment, and silent/live auctions.

"Just like a ride on our historic streetcars, the Opera Ball this year will be a journey to celebrate all things that make New Orleans unique - our music, our culture and our joie de vivre," says Co-Chair Susan Garic Mitchell.

The Patron Party begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. at Rosie's on the Roof (at the top of Higgins Hotel). Ticket holders at this level and up are invited to attend the preview event with entertainment by Anäis St. John.

The Opera Ball will be from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Higgins Hotel Ballroom, located at 1000 Magazine St. Black tie attire is preferred.

Tickets for general admission are $250 and patron guest tickets are $350, General admission tickets and patron tickets both include admission to the 6 p.m. rooftop patron party, and a custom designed gift. The Stella Package is available for a gift of $3,500, The Stanley Package for a gift of $5,000, The Blanche Package for a gift of $7,500, and The Desire Package for a gift of $10,000. To purchase tickets and review information about Donations/Sponsorships please visit the website

An auction will begin on October 3 with a raffle opening during the event. Being raffled off is a pair of sapphire and diamond drop earrings valued at $2,900, the raffle tickets are $25 a ticket. Also available are tickets for a ten person table at Goodenough Supper Club, which retails at $1850.

This charity event raises necessary funds for the upcoming productions of the New Orleans Opera's 2023-2024 season. Productions for the upcoming season include The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Blue by Jeanine Tesori, Lisette!, a one-night only concert event with soprano Lisette Oropessa and Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti.

New Orleans Opera is one of the largest employers of artists in the state of Louisiana and hires on average 300-400 individuals for each production. These hires include principal and chorus artists, LPO musicians, dancers, set designers and stage crew. The Opera serves the public by offering community engagement and school education programs. Donations also assist in the continued preservation of the historic Opera Guild Home in the Garden District.

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