The Atys Opening Gala on Sunday, September 18th, followed the matinee performance of Jean Baptiste Lully's French Baroque opera, Atys, and marked the very beginning of BAM's 150th anniversary season!
Please click below for more details and photos of the evening. In addition, be sure to look out for more information on BAM's 2011 Next Wave Gala on December 6th, following a production of Krapp's Last Tape with two-time Oscar nominee John Hurt!
Presented generously by Ronald P. Stanton and The Delancey Foundation, this colorful recreation of the original 1987 Opéra Comique production of Atys returned to BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House for the second time since 1989! Conducted by William Christie and directed by Jean-Marie Villégier, Atys featured the choral and orchestral genius of Les Arts Florissants, as well as several fabulous vocalists, including Ed Lyon, Anna Reinhold, and Emmanuelle de Negri.
Gala attendees on Sunday had the opportunity view the sensationalset and costumes and listen to beautiful music, after which they were also invited to two champagne intermissions in the Dorothy W. Levitt Lobby and a post-performance dinner in the Lepercq Space with excellent hors d'oeuvres and dinner prepared by BAM's caterer Great Performances and with dazzling event decor, provided by Fleurs Bella. In attendance at the gala dinner were the gala chairs, Joe Stern and Nora Ann Wallace and Jack Nussbaum, as well as members of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, representatives from the Comité Régional de Tourisme de Normandie, William Christie and other members of the company! After the delicious French-inspired meal, guests were given a complete wine set to take home with them, courtesy of American Express.
|Guests of American Express enjoying the wine and food at the Atys Opening Gala with their table centerpiece by Fleur Bella.|
|William Christie, musical director of Atys, and Ronald P. Stanton, giving remarks during the gala meal.|
|Joseph V. Melillo, BAM's executive producer, with Judy and Alan Fishman.|
|Beth Rudin DeWoody and guests following the performance of Atys.|