Opera in the Heights hits all the right notes with magical musical evening for supporters

Elizabeth Yarotsky, Carli Baker, Natalie Murdock, Lauren Bryan.  Photo by Deji Osinulu Photography

Elizabeth Yarotsky, Carli Baker, Natalie Murdock, Lauren Bryan. Photo by Deji Osinulu Photography

You don't typically find a coterie of young professionals heavily populating a gala committee. But when Opera in the Heights  (Oh!) development director Becky Buturovic went about to fill the committee for the Bravissimo gala in the spring, she cast her net across the sea of the organization's younger supporters.

The committee was introduced at a music-filled reception at Boulevard Realty, which happens to be located only a block down Heights Boulevard from Lambert Hall, where Oh! performs. Oh! board member Marianne Terrell and Kenny Terrell hosted the soirée. 

The gathering also served to announce that Josie and Fred Nevill are gala honorees, set to take the spotlight at La Colombe d'Or on May 20. That announcement was made by  Tony Tripodo, who chairs the gala with his wife, Heather Tripodo.

Tenor James Chamberlain (Canio in Oh!’s I Pagliacci) hit all the right notes as he provided operatic entertainment for the crowd, singing from three operas:Carmen, Tosca and Turandot. Pianist Catherine Schaeffer provided the musical accompaniment.

Gala steering committee members include Carli Baker, Molly Blanchard, Lauren Bryan, Leah Hanson, Alexis Hester, Brittany Koger, Natalie Murdock, Kari Schultz, Dr. Emily Walding, and Elizabeth Yarotsky. 

Oh! executive director Mariam Khalili and principal conductor Eiki Isomura joined the group.

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Opera group plans to honor co-founder

By Carissa D. Lamkahouan

April 21, 2015

At its upcoming yearly fundraiser, nonprofit organization Opera in the Heights (OH!) will honor Lois Alba, its co-founding member and former artistic director and celebrate 19 years.

The “Bravissimo 2015 – An Evening in the Magnolia City” will be held on Friday, May 8, at the Petroleum Club, 1201 Louisiana St.

“As Opera in the Heights heads into its 20th season Bravissimo! offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate our amazing history, as well as look to the future of this company, which remains committed to young, emerging artists,” said Marianne Terrell, board member and co-chair of Bravissimo! with her husband, Kenny Terrell. “Our honoree fits perfectly with this mission. She is a visionary who has made a lasting impact on Opera in the Heights.”

Over her career as an author, teacher and soprano opera singer, Alba, a Memorial-area resident, spent 11 years performing in Europe and the United States with leading roles in several well-known operas. Alba has remained current in her field by teaching master classes around the world and serving as an advocate for young singers.

Gala underwriting opportunities are available with sponsorships beginning at $5,000 and include a table of 10 for the event as well as other benefits. Individual tickets begin at $500 each. For more details or to order tickets call 713-861-5303 or

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