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Florida Grand Opera’s “Smoke & Mirrors” Gala and “Crash the Bash” Afterparty

Florida Grand Opera's Smoke & Mirrors Gala and Crash the Bash AfterpartySaturday, October 26, 7pm-10pm - Alfred Dupont Building, 169 East Flagler Street, Miami 

Kicking off its 73rd continuous season of grand opera, Florida Grand Opera (FGO) hosted the “Smoke & Mirrors” gala and its first-ever after party “Crash the Bash“. Hosted by event chairs Gloria Portal and Isa Leibowitz, this lavish affair took over the historic Alfred I. DuPont Building in downtown Miami. “Smoke & Mirrors” kicked off the evening honoring the lifetime achievements of international opera star Deborah Voigt. The event featured a seated, four-course dinner, dancing and performances by members of FGO’s Young Artist Program, culminating in Ms. Deborah Voigt’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.  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 “Smoke & Mirrors” gala 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 company’s young professionals group, Crescendo Circle. This unexpected happening merged Florida Grand Opera with upbeat sounds that will kept guests going into the night. “Crash the Bash” aims to convert Miami’s young, hip art-loving scene into a new generation of eclectic opera enthusiasts. Featuring DJ Irie “Crash the Bash” was a great opportunity for young adults to get involved in their local landscape’s cultural atmosphere and allow them to get out on the dance floor alongside some of the city’s most influential up-and-comers, artists, art patrons, and philanthropists.

Pictures by: Jonele Neaves