On Saturday, February 4, 2012, the Opera Company of Philadelphia held the Black & White Ball at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The evening celebrated the Opera Company’s February production of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio and honored retiring Artistic Director Robert B. Driver. The gala’s 290 guests enjoyed a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, an elegant seated dinner, a tribute to Robert Driver, and a musical performance by Abduction cast members. The Opera Company of Philadelphia also held a film competition with local universities; the films of the four finalists were shown during cocktail hour, and University of the Arts student Nikkita Patterson was announced as the Grand Prize Winner and awarded a $2,500 cash prize courtesy of PNC. The event raised nearly $150,000 for the Opera Company. Photography by Sofia Negron.