Portland, OR. Two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway star Sutton Foster will be the featured performer at the Portland Opera gala, “The Flora + Fauna Fall Ball” on Saturday, September 14th. Foster has performed in 11 Broadway shows—most recently the revival of Violet.
“We are delighted to host our 2019 gala, the Flora and Fauna Fall Ball,” says Sue Dixon, interim general director of Portland Opera. “We cannot wait to welcome Sutton Foster to Portland for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening.” The gala event at the Portland Art Museum will begin with a champagne and welcome reception, followed by dinner, live auction, and private performance by Foster. The goal of the Flora + Fauna Fall Ball is to raise one million dollars for Portland Opera.
As a solo artist, Sutton has performed around the globe with her musical director Michael Rafter, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, and Joe’s Pub.
Co-chairs for Portland Opera’s Flora + Fauna Fall Ball gala are Bill Sweat and Donna Morris, proprietors of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery. Sutton Foster’s performance is made possible by Joanne M. Lilley, Ellyn Bye and Dream Envision Foundation, Dorothy Piacentini, and The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation.
From Portland Opera:
Table reservations for the Flora + Fauna Fall Ball are available starting from the $5,000 level. Single tickets at the $500 level are currently on sale and subject to availability. For more information please visit www.portlandopera.org/gala, or contact Portland Opera’s Development team by calling (503) 417-0601 or emailing[email protected]
For over five decades, Portland Opera has contributed to the cultural, artistic, and economic landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Proceeds from the Flora + Fauna Fall Ball will strengthen Portland Opera’s ability to serve audiences throughout the region, by supporting operational costs as well as special programming and projects. Areas of focus include: Portland Opera’s commitment to professional development for the next generation of artists, storytellers, and leaders in the field through the Resident Artist program; the Portland Opera To Go program, which presents 50-minute English-language versions of classic operas for young audience members in schools throughout the state; and Portland Opera a la Cart, a mobile music performance truck inspired by Portland’s food cart culture that is designed to go where people gather, and share opera in a new way.
During the 2019/20 season, Portland Opera will share the beauty and breadth of opera with 300,000+ people; including nearly 15,000 young audience members in schools throughout the state. The corporate partners, community allies, and arts advocates who support Portland Opera at the Flora + Fauna Fall Ball will help ensure the bright future of Portland Opera by making it possible to continue and expand upon those successes.