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POSTPONED- 2020 Gala Luncheon

A Gala Named Desire: Revelry in the French Quarter
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:30am (Scottsdale)

After much soul searching and in consideration of the most immediate information available on the coronavirus, the Arizona Opera board and staff have made the incredibly difficult decision to postpone our 2020 Gala Luncheon: A Gala Named Desire, originally scheduled for this Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Arizona Opera takes its responsibility for patron safety at every event seriously, and believes this to be the most responsible decision under present circumstances. Like all of you, we are heartbroken that our community is in this unique and rapidly-evolving situation, but we are confident that we will get through it TOGETHER. That is, after all, the core spirit of AZO - we’re a family.

That said, all the “magic” we promised you isn’t gone just yet! Stay tuned, as we will soon have information online about an online auction, which will feature some of our most exciting raffle and live auction items! This will be a great opportunity for those of you that planned to support AZO on the day of the gala luncheon, and a great help to the company as we navigate through this challenging moment.

Thanks so much to all of you that have taken part in supporting this event with your table sponsorships, ticket purchases, and in-kind support. Any questions about refunds, rescheduling, or other issues may of course be directed to Ashley Parks, Director of Development, at




Much like Blanche DuBois in the cinematic version of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire, Arizona Opera has “always depended upon the kindness of strangers…” and while you’re no stranger to us, we hope you will join us for this year’s festivities as we revel in the magical, mysterious, and delightful old-world charm of New Orleans – the epitome of bon vivant living!

Whether you’re a mardi gras king or a voodoo queen, we invite you to dress up in your jazziest daytime cocktail attire and join in the parade as we celebrate a jubilant afternoon of refined opulence, a little outlandishness, and – of course – opera!


Saturday, March 14th

10:30 AM: Coffee, Cocktails, Curiosities & Contests
12:00 PM: Breathtaking Performances, 5-Star Luncheon & Thrilling Live Auction


The Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa

4949 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253


2020 Crystal Key Award Honorees

Recognizing Extraordinary and Transformative Support of Arizona Opera
Ron and Kay McDougall
The Arizona Opera League of Tucson
5 Arts Circle

Special Live Performance By

Craig Bohmler, Composer of Riders of the Purple Sage
Christopher Cano, Director of the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio
Members of the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio


Jake Jamison & Kate Specter

Honorary Chair

Dr. Carol A. Poore


Host Committee

Marlu Allan
Ellen Andres-Schneider
Deborah Bateman
Craig Bohmler
Jean Cooper
Andrea Tyler Evans
Billie Jo Herberger
Gary Jackson
Shelly Jamison
Sharon Landis
Kay McDougall
Sherry Middlemas
Linda “Mac” Perlich
Diane Roberts
Jeannette Segel
Colonel (Ret.) Kimberley Smith


Tickets & Tables

Single Ticket Price: $200
Partial Table Sponsorship $3,000
Full Table Sponsorships Available at $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000
See PDF Link below for more information



Guest Information

Arizona Opera is committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable event for everyone. The Omni continues to be diligent in its commitment to a high level of cleanliness, as always, and ensuring that they take the necessary preventions as suggested by the CDC and WHO. For more information on additional steps they are taking, please see the attached letter from the hotel’s management. 


Festive Cocktail Attire

Complimentary valet parking will be available in the valet circle at the entrance to the ballrooms.

Click here to inquire for more information, or call 602.903.5720.


**NEW THIS YEAR** Poker Chips (Raffle Tickets)
Click here for Raffle Preview and Poker Chip Guide!

**1 CHIP: $35 or 4-PACK: $100**


Want to skip the line on Saturday? 
To pre-purchase your poker chips and have them waiting for you at check-in, 
please call Courtney Kenyon at 602-218-7322 by Friday, March 13 at 12:00pm.

Poker chips are like your own personalized gala gold –
In addition to great live music, free signature cocktails, and other special surprises, 
poker chips can be used to enhance cocktail hour by allowing you to participate in a variety 
of special experiences and games as you wander through the streets of the French Quarter… 
or, save them up and use each one to enter for your chance to win one (or more!) of our exciting raffle items!

Cashless Event:
A Gala Named Desire will be a cashless event. 
All major credit cards and checks will be accepted.


RAFFLE ITEM PREVIEW (Click here for more information)
An AZO Chorus Quartet at Your Next Holiday Party
A Night in The Julia Lowell Room at the Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, AZ
Autographed Portraits of Legendary Divas Anna Moffo and Joan Sutherland
New Orleans Food & Drink Experience by Tucson-based Board Member Jean Cooper
Private Voice Lessons with Mezzo-Soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano
Tuft & Needle Mattresses
Family Portrait Session from Leasures Designer Portraits
VIP Night at Arizona Opera: includes tickets to A Streetcar Named Desire in February 2021, pre-opera dinner downtown, and door-to-door car service from Driver Provider
A Once-in-A-Lifetime Experience to Be in the 2021 Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans!


LIVE AUCTION PREVIEW (Click here for more information)
Item #1: Votre Toast: Maestro In the Making
Item #2: Gypsies, Toreadors, and Thieves: A Supernumerary Experience
Item #3: Watch from the Wings: Assistant Stage Manager for an Act
Item #4: A Specter Spectacular.. in a Salute to the Studio!
Item #5: NYC Audition Tour & Metropolitan Opera Package!
Item #6: Get Ready for RED Party, or Have the Halloween of Your Dreams!