Kicking off its 73rd continuous season of grand opera, Florida Grand Opera (FGO) hosted the “Smoke & Mirrors” gala and its first-ever after partyÂ “Crash the Bash“.Â Hosted by event chairs Gloria Portal and Isa Leibowitz, this lavish affair took over the historic Alfred I. DuPont Building in downtown Miami.Â “Smoke & Mirrors” kicked off the evening honoring the lifetime achievements of international opera star Deborah Voigt.Â The event featured a seated, four-course dinner, dancing and performances by members of FGOâ€™s Young Artist Program, culminating in Ms. Deborah Voigtâ€™s acceptance of an award honoring a lifetime of artistic accomplishments.
World-renowned American soprano Deborah Voigt is one of the biggest names in opera today.Â Known for a beautiful and robust voice, Ms. Voigt has filled major opera houses throughout the United States and abroad. Also noted for her dramatic ability and versatility, she has built an international career on performing the works of Wagner and Strauss as well as portraying the heroines of Italian opera, yielding critically-acclaimed performances at every turn for more than twenty years.
Following the glamorous and upscale â€œSmoke & Mirrorsâ€ galaÂ the scene at the DuPont building shifted over from a ritzy, black-tie affair to an exhilarating night of festivity and dancing led by the companyâ€™s young professionals group, Crescendo Circle. This unexpected happening merged Florida Grand Opera with upbeat sounds that will kept guests going into the night.Â â€œCrash the Bashâ€ aims to convert Miamiâ€™s young, hip art-loving scene into a new generation of eclectic opera enthusiasts. Featuring DJ Irie â€œCrash the Bashâ€ was a great opportunity for young adults to get involved in their local landscapeâ€™s cultural atmosphere and allow them to get out on the dance floor alongside some of the cityâ€™s most influential up-and-comers, artists, art patrons, and philanthropists.
Pictures by: Jonele Neaves