Women’s Guild

Welcome to the Women’s Guild 2017- 2018 Opera Season!

Join us this year as we celebrate the New Orleans Opera’s 75th Anniversary and our City’s 300th Birthday !! I promise an experience filled with fun, friendship and lots of fulfilling operatic drama.


Our membership of over 350 diverse and talented women join forces to create unique experiences all planned for fun while fundraising: fundraising that helps keep opera alive in New Orleans. In addition to fundraising events, we host educational programs, tours of the Opera Guild Home; plus several fun Membership events throughout the opera season.


You’ll just love meeting in our beautiful Garden District Home which was built in 1858 and is filled with pieces of 18th and 19th century art and antiques. Here’s a preview of our fun events:


– Mad Hatter – March 8, 2018 – Marriott Hotel

– Annual Membership Meeting in May


You won’t want to miss our opera “Orientations” or Artist Roundtable, which are held on a Sunday approximately one or two weeks prior to each opera performance. You’ll experience an up close and personal forum with the opera stars and Maestro Robert Lyall, all while sipping libations and feasting on opera-themed fare. Check our website for dates.


Finally, be sure to schedule a tour and learn all about the history of our beautiful Women’s Guild Home. Docent-led tours are conducted every Monday, September through May.


Your annual Membership dues of only $50 are the best bargain in town! Get involved and join today. Click below for details.


I hope to see you at the Guild Home!



Penny L. Baumer, President




Founded in 1947, the Women’s Guild promotes and fosters understanding of opera, cooperating with New Orleans Opera through active fundraising, opera advocacy, and custodial care of the Opera Guild Home. With over 350 members, the Women’s Guild ensures that the gift of opera remains an integral part of New Orleans culture.



Membership is open to women ages 21 and above who have an interest in supporting New Orleans Opera through fundraising, special events, and program support. Make new friends and help connect diverse community members through the joy of opera! Please email the Membership VP to receive an application. Membership dues are $50 per year and include:


Click to >HERE< to download an application for membership. Please email the Membership VP  with questions. Membership dues are $50 per year and include:


  • Attendance at the General Fall Meeting and Past President’s Reception
  • Attendance at the Eggnog Party and Holiday Boutique
  • Attendance at the Annual meeting and luncheon


2017-2018 Fundraising Events


The Mad Hatter’s Luncheon will take place on March 8, 2018. Join us as we celebrate Terence Blanchard’s opera Champion: Opera in Jazz! Tickets on sale in October 2017



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Women’s Guild Officers



Mrs. Alvin A. Baumer, Jr. (Penny)


Administrative VP

Mrs. Charles A. Blanque  (Virginia)


Education VPs

Ms. Linda Ibert

Mrs. David E. Ferg (Kate)


Fundraising VP

Ms. Karen T. Villavaso


Guild Home Reservations VP

Ms. Ann R. Duffy


Home VP

Mrs. Thomas C. Klekamp (Stephanie)


Membership VP

Mrs. Patrick D. Breeden (Margie)


Social VP

Mrs. Kearny Robert (Kathleen)


Recording Secretary

Mrs. James T. Rogers (Pamela)


Corresponding Secretary

Mrs. Charles Killion (Valerie)


Financial Secretary

Dr. Jane Cagan Miller



Ms. Sonya Moore


Special Advisors

Mrs. Betty Brooks Doss



Mrs. K. Nickolas III (Amy Cioll)



Ms. Ashley Pradel


Immediate Past President

Mrs. Patrick Dowling (Betsy)


New Orleans Opera Staff Liaison

Dr. Stella Baty Landis (Baty), Director of External Affairs