A Legacy of Excellence

Reservations for the Legacy of Excellence Gala have filled. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Joanna Sternberg, Director of Development to check for available seating (504) 529-2278 x 226.

A Tribute to Maestro Robert Lyall

Benefitting New Orleans Opera

Saturday, November 6, 2021  

6:00 PM | Patron Party 

at the home of Rania and Hicham Khodr (Address to be provided after ticket purchase)

7:00 PM | Cocktails, Dinner, and Auction

Performance by Metropolitan Opera star, Jamie Barton

Metairie Country Club, 580 Woodvine Avenue, Metairie 

RSVP below by Monday, October 25, 2021

Black Tie optional 

Ticket Information

To buy your tickets or to make a donation in honor of Maestro Lyall today, please scroll down.

Director Table $15,000

10 Invitations to the Patron Party, Prominent Seating for 10 at Dinner and Performance, Season-long recognition in Gala Program and New Orleans Opera printed materials.

Composer Table $10,000

8 Invitations to the Patron Party, Preferred Seating for 8 at Dinner and Performance, and recognition in Gala Program.

Mezzo Tickets $2,500

4 Patron Party Invitations, 4 Premium Seating for Dinner and Performance, and recognition in Gala Program.

Tenor Tickets $1,000

2 Patron Party Invitations, 2 Premium Seating for Dinner and Performance, and recognition in Gala Program.

Soprano Tickets $300

1 Patron Party Invitation, 1 Reserved Seating for Dinner and Performance and recognition in Gala Program.

Bass Tickets $150

1 Reserved Seating for Dinner and Performance only.

If you wish to be added to a wait list, please call Joanna Sternberg at (504) 529-2278 x 226.

Live Auction Spotlights:

From Diamonds Direct
Value: $3,000

This stunning 18k white gold diamond bangle features 3 rows of brilliant round and bezel  set  diamonds totaling 1.65 carats.

Private Opera Performance
Value: Priceless!

Enjoy a private 45-minute performance for you and your closest friends on your porch or in your backyard.  Talented young opera singers will serenade you with your favorite selections from opera and classic musical theater. Dates and repertoire are subject to availability. 

Realize Your Dream of Being on Stage
Value: Priceless!

Have you ever wanted to be onstage with the stars? This exclusive opportunity allows you to be part of the Parisian nightlife during a performance of La bohème, onstage at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre, April 2022. You’ll join the rest of the cast at a table at Café Momus during Act 2, and experience the incredible power of operatic voices as you lift your glass in a toast to life and love!  

Sunday Brunch with Metropolitan Opera’s Acclaimed Jamie Barton
Value: Priceless!

Time sensitive offer: You don’t often get the opportunity to brunch with a true opera star! Jamie Barton will only be in town this weekend to perform at our Gala and then brunch with you and your “Plus One” on Sunday, November 7, at 11 am! Find out why Opera Magazine calls Jamie, “An artist whose time truly has come,” and then discuss her favorite roles while lingering over a delicious brunch at chic The Chloe.

The Maestro’s Package for Two Opera Lovers
Value: Priceless!

This two-part package includes two Gala Concert tickets plus a special Ralph’s on the Park wine-pairing dinner with the Maestro himself! Enjoy the Gala Concert on either Friday, February 11 or Sunday, February 13, with seats in the General & Artistic Director’s Box, and invitations to the Champagne reception post-performance, and a coveted parking pass that night at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. And savor a special evening out with Maestro Lyall at Ralph’s on the Park and a Chef-inspired, 4-course dinner with Sommelier-selected wines on a mutually chosen date before November 6, 2022.stars on Saturday, February 12th.

Legacy Gala Committee

Ms. Penny Baumer, Board of Directors Development Chair
Ms. Adrea Heebe – Co-Chair
Ms. Rania Khodr – Co-Chair
Mrs. Christine LeBlanc – Co-Chair
Mr. Dwayne O. Littauer, Board of Directors President
Mr. Edward F. Martin
Dr. R. Ranney Mize
Ms. Debby Wood – Co-Chair

Special Thanks

Rania and Hicham Khodr for generously hosting the Legacy of Excellence Patron Party at their home.

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Nestled among the live oaks of City Park Ralph Brennan’s Ralph’s on the Park is a vibrant eatery featuring globally-inspired local cuisine, influenced by the diverse traditions for which New Orleans is known.

Tucked away on St. Charles Avenue, The Chloe is a 14-room boutique hotel with modern Creole restaurant and craft bar that honors New Orleans’ artistic and cultural heritage while embodying 21st century Southern hospitality.

City of New Orleans COVID-19 safety requirements will be followed.