The 2013 Opera Ball will be hosted by the Ambassador of Italy to the United States Claudio Bisogniero and his wife Laura Denise Bisogniero at their official residence Villa Firenze. Opera Ball will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 and is a highlight of the city’s cultural, philanthropic, and social season.
Constance Milstein de La Haye St. Hilaire will be the Chair of this year’s Opera Ball. Ms. Milstein is a longtime patron of Washington National Opera and is a member of its board of trustees. She is also a member of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts, among her many other charitable endeavors.
Natalia Cobo de Bulgheroni of Argentina will serve as International Chair. Adrienne Arsht, who chaired last year’s Opera Ball, will serve as Honorary Chair.
“As we mark the beginning of the Year of Italian Culture and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, we are very proud to host the 2013 Opera Ball,” said Claudio Bisogniero, the Ambassador of Italy to the United States. “Opera is a vital part of Italy’s national identity, and we are happy to celebrate this beautiful part of our culture with our close friends at Washington National Opera.”
As in previous years, the elegant black-tie event will include intimate dinners hosted by many ambassadors at their embassies throughout the city. Following these private dinners, guests will gather at Villa Firenze for a festive evening of dancing, dessert, and music. Guests can look
forward to a special toast to Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday and to performances of popular arias from Italian operas by members of WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.
Opera Ball is WNO’s largest fundraiser and one of Washington’s most anticipated events of the year. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Opera Ball support the Opera’s awardwinning artistic, educational, and outreach programs. Recent Opera Balls have been hosted at the
embassies of the United Arab Emirates (2012), the People’s Republic of China (2011), the Russian Federation (2010), Germany (2009), and France (2008). Italy last hosted the Opera Ball in 2006.