Annual Gala

Opera Philadelphia 40th Anniversary Gala
Friday, September 12, 2014
Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Mrs. Lisa Nutter
40th Anniversary Honorary Chairs

Sandra K. Baldino
40th Anniversary Gala Co-Chair

Susan E. Sherman
40th Anniversary Gala Co-Chair

Stephen A. Madva and Denise C. Creedon
40th Anniversary Gala Co-Chairs



This season marks the 40th Anniversary of Opera Philadelphia. It’s a celebration of our city’s rich operatic tradition – one that dates back to 1857, when Verdi’s Il trovatore first shook the rafters of the Academy of Music. It’s also a time to usher in an exciting new era of music, because while Philadelphia has always been an opera town, opera in Philadelphia has always been about firsts.

We celebrated by taking a seat on the Academy stage for an intimate recital by soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello, and then sat under the stars for dinner and dancing in a tented ballroom on the glorious Avenue of the Arts.

Guest artists included Nathan Gunn, William Burden, Jennifer Higdon, Patricia Schuman, Morris Robinson, and many more! Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating From the Stage to the Stars!


Gala proceeds benefit Opera on the Mall, Opera Philadelphia’s annual broadcast to Independence National Historic Park.