You are cordially invited to join us for
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Begin at 7:00 p.m.
Opera in Versailles Concert Performance
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Benefit at 8:30 p.m.
Central Park Boathouse
East 72nd Street and Park Drive North
Following the concert, guests will be transported to the Central Park Boathouse where they will be greeted by a singer and baroque guitarist serenading guests with the Gondolier songs arranged by Johann Adolph Hasse.
A reception, where guests will be able to mingle with the concert artists will be followed by a seated dinner.
At the dinner, Honorary Chair Philippe de Montebello will present Opera Lafayette’s Leadership in the Arts award to James David Draper. Mr. Draper retired in 2014 as Henry R. Kravis curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, after a 45-year career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A passionate lover of all forms of art, he has been a long-time supporter of Opera Lafayette. As a founding member of our New York Advisory Board, he co-sponsored no less than four of our company’s productions and corresponding recordings. It was his vision that brought The Met and Opera Lafayette together for Opera in Versailles – the performance featured at the evening’s benefit. He has been decorated Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.
Artistic Director Ryan Brown has planned an after-dinner musical Amuse-bouche featuring soloists from the evening’s concert Opera in Versailles.
Philippe de Montebello
Honored and Distinguished Patron
James David Draper
Opera Lafayette Leadership in the Arts Award Recipient
H.E. François Delattre
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
H. E. Narjess Saidane
Ambassador, Permanent Observer of la Francophonie to the United Nations
The Honorable Anne-Claire Legendre
Consul General of France in New York
Vivianne C. Lake
Catherine S. Michaelson
Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Miller, Jr.
Robert and Encarnita Quinlan
Theodora and Albert Simons
Margo and Anthony Viscusi
Alan and Cici Wilkinson
Annelyse and Frederick Allen
Ryan Brown and Christine Healey
Eugenia Comini and Edward Bayliss
James David Draper
Dorsey and Susan Dunn
arifé Hernandez and Joel Bell
Adrienne Jamieson and Patrick Chamorel