Inside Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' 39th Festival Season Gala

By Jennifer Dulin Wiley
In Culture

ALIVE was sure to be on the scene this past Saturday when Opera Theatre of Saint Louis launched its 39th festival season with an elegant gala celebrating the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s “27.” Nearly 400 guests came dressed in their black-tie best, many in the 1920s flapper theme of the evening, and mingled over cocktails in the newly renovated Grand Hall of the historic Union Station, a perfect backdrop for this landmark event.

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The space was transformed into Gertrude Stein’s Parisian salon at #27 Rue de Fleurus, where intellectual and artistic discourse was a high-stakes game and the works of legendary artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Cézanne adorned the walls. Moving to the exquisite Midway of Union Station, guests enjoyed delectable French cuisine, dancing and performances by principal artists from the 2014 season.

The gala was planned by an active committee of community leaders, including gala co-chairs Alison Ferring and Susan Sherman, to benefit Opera Theatre’s professional development programs for emerging artists, as well as the company’s education and community engagement initiatives, which serve more than 11,000 local students each year. More than $592,000 was raised by the 387 guests in attendance.

The incredible fashions spotted throughout the gala came as no surprise, given that Decade’s Cameron Silver helped several St. Louisans dress the part for the gala. Gala co-chair Susan Sherman held a trunk show at her home featuring the fashion historian, who provided guests with access to vintage Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and Pierre Cardin gowns for Saturday’s French-themed event, as reported by Women’s Wear Daily last week.

Drum roll, please…

All photos by Amber JoIvon.

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David and Susan Sherman, Kara and Timothy O’Leary, Alison and John Ferring

Jackie Yoon, Rob and Amy Soper and Jeff and Paula Reed

Jackie Yoon, Rob and Amy Soper and Jeff and Paula Reed

Anne Ocallaghan and Bob Caulk

Anne Ocallaghan and Bob Caulk

Jim and Pam Krekeler and Spencer Burke

Jim and Pam Krekeler and Spencer Burke

Tania Beasley Jolly, Kara O'Leary and Helene Sayad

Tania Beasley Jolly, Kara O’Leary and Helene Sayad

Jen and Cap Grossman

Jen and Cap Grossman

Jan and Rand Goldstein, Kathrine Lazar and  Sam Foxman

Jan and Rand Goldstein, Kathrine Lazar and Sam Foxman

Mont and Sally Levy, Alexandra and Lee Benham

Mont and Sally Levy, Alexandra and Lee Benham

Elizabeth Tucker

Elizabeth Tucker

Dr. Donald Suggs and Kelly Hamilton

Dr. Donald Suggs and Kelly Hamilton

Miran Halen

Miran Halen

Isaac Mizrahi and Joe Gfaller

Isaac Mizrahi and Joe Gfaller

Susan Sherman, Isaac Mizrahi and Alison Ferring

Susan Sherman, Isaac Mizrahi and Alison Ferring

Marlene Birkman, Stephanie Riven and Mary Strauss

Marlene Birkman, Stephanie Riven and Mary Strauss

Kimberly Jacobs

Kimberly Jacobs

Caron House and Janelle Messel

Caron House and Janelle Messel

Katie Trout and Devon Fischer

Katie Trout and Devon Fischer

Cheresse Pentella and Allen Barber

Cheresse Pentella and Allen Barber

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