Panache Privee

New York City Opera Family Benefit


Celeste Boele, Princess Alexandra of Greece, Yildaz Blackstone, Ashley von Perfall, Kara Unterberg, Olivia Flatto, Susan Baker, chariman of New York City Opera;
Caroline Cronson and Ide Dangoor.

On November 18, New York City Opera's Family Benefit took place at the New York State Theater. City Opera's Family Benefit offers a great opportunity to introduce children to the wonderful world of opera. This year's event was based around a matinee performance of Jules Massenet's enchanting Cendrillion (Cinderella). Creative team Renaud Doucet and Andre Barbe Massenet transport the classic fairytale to a 1950s American Graffiti setting: Cinderella wears a neon-lit glass slipper, she and Prince Charming go on a date to a drive-in movie theater, and wishes are granted by a Lucille Ball-like fairy godmother.

The matinee performance was followed by a fun-filled party for both the young and young at heart. A buffet lunch was accompanied by face-painting, dancing, a make-your-own sundae bar, and much much more.

All proceeds from the Family Benefit support New York City Opera's award-winning Education Programs serving over 20,000 New York City public school students each year.


Joyce Castle, Lielle Berman and Jane Gullong, executive director of New York City Opera.


Tigran and Darius Mirzayantz and Princess Alexandra of Greece.


Mazi, Cricket and India Burns.


James, Stella and Gina de Givenchy.


Lindsey, Lawrence, Gordon and Harrison Graham and Pamela Thomas-Graham.


Serena and Gillian Miniter.


Thomas Bell, Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell, and Dr. Susan Krysiewicz.


Yildaz, Joshua and Richard Blackstone.


Fiona Bee and Stephanie Suslak.


Bea and Kate Spade.


Caroline Cronson and Susan Fales-Hill.


Julia, Adam and Olivia Flatto.


Dr. Karen Kennedy, Michael Lynch and Susan Baker.


Felix and Ashley von Perfall.


Celeste and Calypso Boele.


Lourdes Lopez and Calliste and George Skouras.


Isabella and Dina De Luca Chartouni and Christina Peabody.

Photos: Patrick McMullen
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