Saturday, September 22, was the opening night for Minnesota Opera’s 50th anniversary season with the stunning production of Nabucco. To quote the Pioneer Press, “When a character slits someone’s throat within seconds of her initial entrance, you know you have a baddy on your hands, and Harris paints an Abigaille as explosive as the volcano erupting in one of Strassberger’s evocative backdrops.” Brenda Harris may have been a “baddy” on stage but it was beauty to our ears. Thank you to the cast, crew, and creative team of Nabucco; we could not think of a better way to kick-off a season.
With the opera season off to an explosive start, it was time to celebrate. Not only is Minnesota Opera celebrating 50 years, but Tempo is celebrating 10 years, which calls for a fabulous Opening Night party at Silver & Gold Soirée! As soon as my date and I stepped into the James J. Hill Library we were both captivated by the sights. From the decorations, champagne, the band and most of all, the guests, we knew it would be a great night! He leaned over me and said, “I’ve never seen so many well dressed people in one place!” I replied, “You’re at the opera, what do you expect?!”
My mission for the evening was to find and single out ‘the best dressed’. Sadly, this disqualified me from being a contender, but I graciously decided to give everyone else a chance and find those starlets and dashing men adorning the evening.
Tempo’s Best Dressed
Meg Waterman © 2012 ClarePix Photography
Meg Waterman time warped from the 1920s in her grandmother’s vintage dress. Not only was she head-to-toe glamorous, her graceful presence and confidence made her outfit shine even more than the sparkles on her dress! Best of all? Her smile!
Tom Theoblad © 2012 ClarePix Photography
Spotted by several ladies from across the room was Tom Theoblad or as I like to call him the “James Bond” of the Soirée. He made the standard tux look daring and dashing.
Kevin Beckey © 2012 ClarePix Photography
Jenna Wolf & Kelly Kuczkowski © 2012 T.Murray
To choose only one lady and gent was way too hard, so I decided to give a couple shout-outs. Honorable mentions include Kevin Beckey, Jenna Wolf and Kelly Kuczkowski. If you know anything about our Development Ladies, you know they always show up dressed to impress.
Ben Jones & Carrie Walker © 2012 ClarePix Photography
Finally, I can’t resist mentioning our current Tempo Board Chair, Ben Jones (him and I pictured to the right). Ben is always well dressed and deserves credit for setting the standard. Thanks Ben!
-Tempo Board Member, Carrie Walker