Opera Ball

The Opera Ball is an elegant black tie affair held in the fall each year.The Ball features a cocktail hour, a gourmet meal accompanied by fine wine, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment. A fabulous live band accompanies dancing through the end of the event.

The Knoxville Opera Guild’s Opera Ball will take place this season on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Knoxville  Museum of Art. Please check back to this page for details and reservations.

Welcome Photos from the 2017 Ruby Opera Ball

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The 2017 Ruby Ball

Celebrating Knoxville Opera’s 40th Season

Throughout history, the Ruby has been a talisman of passion, power and a zest for life. Join us for dinner, dancing, music & auctions to salute the passion and power of Knoxville Opera.

Presented by Pilot Flying J
Charles & Nancy Wagner, honorary Co-Chairs

Dinner and fine dining from Executive Chef Matt Gallaher of Emilia and Knox Mason
Entertainment by Catherine Daniel, Mezzosoprano; Aaron Short, Tenor; and The Streamliners Swing Orchestra

The Knoxville Opera Guild requests the pleasure of your company for an evening of fine dining, entertainment, dancing and auctions.

Saturday, October 28, 2017                         Knoxville Museum of Art

Cocktails & Silent Auction                                           6:30 pm

Dinner Service                                                                 7:45 pm

Floor Show                                                                        8:30 pm

Live Auction                                                                     9:00 pm

Black Tie encouraged

Complimentary Valet Parking

We are very pleased to announce that catering is being provided by chef Matt Gallaher of Emilia and Knox Mason fame.  The evening’s menu is below.

Ruby Cocktail

Post Modern Spirits Vodka, St Germain, Aperol, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Lemon, Egg White

Hors d’oeurve

Raw Oyster with Horseradish Pearls + Tarragon, Watermelon with Feta Cheese, Sherry Vinegar and Basil

First Course

Maine Lobster Salad, Thai Coconut ‘Gazpacho’ with Avocado, Hearts of Palm, Crispy Shallots, Cashews, Mint and Cilantro

Main Course
Dry Aged Duck Breast, Parsnip and Black Truffle Puree, Greens, Pomegranate and Parsnip Chips

Dessert

Cherry Semifreddo, Dark Chocolate Genoise, Luxardo Cherries, Cocoa Whipped Cream

$15,000 Title Sponsor – Pilot Flying J

$10,000 Ruby Sponsor – Denark Construction, Jupiter Entertainment

Benefits include

  • One 10-top table
  • Table signage with Company or Individual Name
  • Recognition from the stage
  • Full-page ad in Opera Ball program (if committed by 10/06/17)
  • Full-page ad in all three Opera playbills for this Season (if committed by 9/22/17)
  • Four tickets each to Puccini’s Turandot (2/23 or 2/25) and Verdi’s Aida (5/4 or 5/6)
  • Listing in the Opera Ball program (if committed by 10/06/17)
  • Listing on the invitation (if committed by 9/01/17)

$5,000 Sapphire Sponsor – Libby DeWitt, The Fifth Commandment Fund, First Bank, Cliff & Jacque Hawks, KaTom Restaurant Supply, Dr. Sharon Lord, Alice Torbett

Benefits include

  • One 8-top table
  • Table signage with Company or Individual Name
  • Recognition from the stage
  • Half-page ad in Opera Ball program (if committed by 10/06/17)
  • One full-page ad in one Opera playbill, or three half-page ads in all three Opera playbills for this Season (if committed by 9/22/17)
  • Four tickets each to Puccini’s Turandot (2/23 or 2/25) and Verdi’s Aida (5/4 or 5/6)
  • Listing in the Opera Ball program (if committed by 10/06/17)
  • Listing on the invitation (if committed by 9/01/17)

$2,500 Emerald Sponsor – Jerrold & Susan Becker, Mark & Catherine Hill, Jewelry Television, Regions Bank, Dorothy & Caesar Stair

Benefits include

  • Six tickets to Ruby Opera Ball
  • Recognition from stage
  • Listing in Opera Ball program (if committed by 10/06/17)
  • Listing on the invitation (if committed by 9/01/17)

$1,500 Topaz Sponsor – Peter Acly & Ellen Robinson, Chris Bishop & Eden McNabb Bishop, W.R. McNabb, Townes Lavidge Osborn & Robert Marquis

Benefits include

  • Four tickets to Ruby Opera Ball
  • Recognition from stage
  • Listing in Opera Ball program (if committed by 10/06/17)
  • Listing on the invitation (if committed by 9/01/17)

$650 Pearl Sponsor – Dr. Carol Akerman, Bank of Tennessee, David & Kelly Bratcher, Michelle Lanter Brewer, Brooks & Karen Clark, Ellen Capito & Arthur Coston, Jim Cortese, Madeline & Doug Griffey, Dr. Jan Henley, Judy Henry & Larry Henry, Kimberly Henry, Dr. Angela Masini & Mr. Terry Grove, Dan McGehee & Jackie Wilson, Dr. & Mrs. E. Jay Mounger, Moxley Carmichael, Julia & Mike Mullaney, Charles & Linda Naftalin, Robert & Diana Samples, Jan & Don Simpson, Theresa H. Stone, Jennie Sullivan, John Z.C. Thomas

Benefits include

  • Two tickets to Ruby Opera Ball
  • Listing in Opera Ball program (if committed by 10/06/17)
  • Listing on the invitation (if committed by 9/01/17)