Opening Night at Opera Philadelphia

Celebrating with fine food and a staging of La traviata.

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Fall gala season has arrived. Wednesday night the Philadelphia Orchestra held its opening night and dinner at the Kimmel Center. Friday, Opera Philadelphia celebrated its opening night with a grand celebration on Broad Street, under a white tent that withstood the winds of a nor’easter that soaked the region last week. A parade of glamorously dressed guests arrived for the cocktail party and dinner before the opening night of La traviata, an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. Dr. Ady L. Djerassi and Dr. Robert Golub  were Opening Night Gala chairs. After La traviata, where the audience gave the performers a three-minute standing ovation, theatergoers and young friends enjoyed an after party under the tent on Broad Street,. Proceeds from the gala went go to fund “Opera on the Mall,”  which is on October 16. It’s a free HD broadcast of La traviata which will play on a movie screen in front of Independence Hall that evening. It was rescheduled to October 16 after rain cancelled it last Saturday.

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HughE Dillon covers parties, events and more for Philadelphia magazine’s The Scene. You can follow him on Twitter at @iPhillyChitChat and visit his daily online social diary