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67th Viennese Opera Ball

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Jean Shafiroff, Denise Rich and Silvia Frieser attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC/PMC)

The Viennese Opera Ball – the oldest and most prestigious outside of Vienna – held its annual celebration for the 67th year at The Plaza in New York City with over 400 guests, under the auspices of the U.S. Austrian Chamber of Commerce, and organized by Executive Director, Silvia Frieser and The Event Atelier. The Gala chairs for the evening were philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, who was also honored and Denise Rich. This gala benefitted Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research and was “A Night inspired by Carmen”, from the opera Carmen by Bizet led under the artistic direction of Daniel Serafin with Austrian conductor, Maestro Vinicius Kattah.

Daniel Serafin, Jean Shafiroff, Petra Schnwebaur, Denise Rich and Silvia Frieser attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Daniel Serafin;Jean Shafiroff;Petra Schnwebaur;Denise Rich;Silvia Frieser

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 12: Daniel Serafin, Jean Shafiroff, Petra Schnwebaur, Denise Rich and Silvia Frieser attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC/PMC)

The vice chairs were Sylvia Hemingway and Peter Thomas Roth. Top opera stars performed arias from the opera Carmen by Bizet including Stephen Costello who sings in leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera and George Gagnidze, both in leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, internationally accomplished opera singers Joyce El-Khoury (Soprano), Nathalie Peña Comas (Soprano) and opera star George Gagnidze, who attended as an Honorary guest.

Atmosphere at 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC) 

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 12: Atmosphere at 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)

Notable Attendees included; Jean ShafiroffDenise RichSylvia HemmingwayCommissioner Mermelstein (Mayor’s Office of International Affairs), Kristen Edgreen Kaufman (Mayor’s Office of International Affairs), Peter Hanke (Executive City Councilor, City of Vienna), Stefan Ottrubay (Esterhazy), Norbert Kettner (Director, Vienna Tourism Board), Gudrun Senk (CTO, Wiener Linien), Gerhard Hirczi (CEO, Vienna Business Agency), Christian Frey (Head International Department, Vienna Business Agency), Julian Jäger (Member of the Board of Directors, Vienna Airport), Franz Patay (CEO, United Stages Vienna), Helmut Schoba (CEO, VGN Media Holding), Michael Trestl (CCO, Austrian Airlines), Diana Klein (Augarten), Wolfgang Koechert (A.E. Koechert), Petra Schneebauer (Austrian Ambassador to the United States), Alexander Marschik (Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations), Peter Hasslacher (Austrian Trade Commissioner NY), Susanne Keppler-Schlesinger (Austrian Cultural Forum NY), Helmut Schoba (VGN Medien Holding), Franz Patay (United Stages Vienna), Christian Struppeck (Ronacher/Raimund Theater Vienna),  Ingrid Flick (Austrian Entrepreneur), Klaus Panholzer (Schloss Schonbrunn), Austrian fashion designer Carolin Sinemus (Madl, Salzburg), Martin Shafiroff (Stifel), Sabine Riglos (Board member), Maribel LiebermanJanna BullockDavid HochbergCarolyn MaloneyNicole MillerElton IlirjaniLucia Hwong Gordon, Lady Liliana CavendishAgnieszka & Witold Balaban, Dr. Anetta ReszkoPatrick McMullanLuisa DiazCole Rumbough & Emily Mohr (Junior Chairs).

Jean Shafiroff, Silvia Frieser and Peter Hanke attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/PMC/PMC)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 12: Jean Shafiroff, Silvia Frieser and Peter Hanke attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/PMC/PMC)

The presentation of the debutantes and their escorts at the 67th Annual Ball included; Reesa Artz, Clara Burtscher, Rachel Borreta, Mei Colby, Thara Eisingerich, Deborah Engelberg, Isaac Escamilla, Thara Eisingerich, Meyer Eskin, Shifra Eskin, Elias Wallin Giangrande, Gwyneth Giangrande, Joseph Grosh, Royce Howley, Catherine Humphrey, Madison Hoerler, Thomas Itkoff, Sean Jagermann, Alex Koschell, David Kuhn, Benton Madsen, Sofie Maehlkvist, Allegra Marschik, Spencer Napolitano, Maximiliane Norwood, Felix Oblin, Yasmeen Star Omer, Meghan Quinn, Rudolf Schatz, Nick Solari, George Stavropoulos, Anna Talos, Alexander Yale and Maximilian Yale. A beautiful choreography to the Carmen Quadrille by Eduard Strauss was designed for the opening performance of the debutantes and escorts by Vienna Dance School Svabek, headed by Sandra Stockmayer and Roman Svabek.

Silvia Frieser, Maria Gagnidze, George Gagnidze, Stephen Castello, Yoon Costello and Daniel Serafin attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC/PMC) 

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 12: Silvia Frieser, Maria Gagnidze, George Gagnidze, Stephen Castello, Yoon Costello and Daniel Serafin attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC/PMC)

 

Debutantes and escorts wearing white dresses holding red fans line up to enter the hall

Debutantes and escorts wearing white dresses holding red fans line up to enter the hall

Event Sponsors included: City of Vienna, Erste Group Bank AG, Esterhazy, Austrian Airlines, A.E. Koechert, Schloss Schoenbrunn.  Donors included: AugartenLobmeyrHotel Bristol, Park Hyatt ViennaFrettePeter Thomas Roth SkincareJacques LemansLas Islas HotelMalan BretanMuehlbauerRiding Dinner Vienna, and paintings by Austrian artist FJ Baur, artist John Petschinger, artist Fer Da Silva and Austrian wine Mayer am Pfarrplatz.

The annual white tie charity gala honors Austria and America’s cultural and economic ties, uniting two continents, two cities, and two centuries in one glamorous evening. It was founded 67 years ago by Austrian immigrants to the United States as a tribute to both their former hometown Vienna and their host city, New York. The gala attracts an international audience that includes diplomats and dignitaries, international corporations, and professionals.

Sabine Riglos, Janna Bullock and Lucia Hwong Gordon attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC) 

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 12: Sabine Riglos, Janna Bullock and Lucia Hwong Gordon attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)

Performances by Opera Stars Stephen Costello (Tenor) who sings at the Metropolitan Opera in leading roles, as well as international acclaimed opera stars Joyce El-Khoury (Sopran) and Nathalie Peña-Comas (Sopran), a renowned orchestra, Presentation of Colors by Midshipmen from the US Naval Academy, a midnight quadrille, and many other surprises all contribute to a glamorous and delightful evening. Previous notable attendees include The Honorable Michael Ludwig, Governor and Mayor of Vienna, Actress Samantha Mathis, and TV personality Star Jones.

About the Viennese Opera Ball:

Since 1955, the Viennese Opera Ball in New York has been a representative of Vienna’s cultural legacy, elegance, and glamour in the Big Apple. The Ball operates as a cultural platform and builds bridges to connect present day New York City with 19th Century Vienna, and people of varying heritages, continents, and generations, to bring traditional glamour to the city that never sleeps.

Maribel Lieberman and Sylvia Hemingway attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/PMC/PMC) 

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 12: Maribel Lieberman and Sylvia Hemingway attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/PMC/PMC)

 

 Lilliana Cavendish, Patrick McMullan, David Hochberg and Carolyn Maloney attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 12: Lilliana Cavendish, Patrick McMullan, David Hochberg and Carolyn Maloney attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)

 

Noreen Donovan and Louise Diaz

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 12: Noreen Donovan and Louise Diaz attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)

 

Sabina Hanke and Peter Hanke attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC/PMC)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 12: Sabina Hanke and Peter Hanke attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC/PMC)

 

William Hupfer, Victoria Flick, Ingrid Flick and Thomas Mittermayer

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 12: William Hupfer, Victoria Flick, Ingrid Flick and Thomas Mittermayer attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)

 

Elton Ilirjan and Nadja Sayej attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 12: Elton Ilirjan and Nadja Sayej attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC/PMC)

 

Thorsten Eisingengrich, Kurwadwe Eisingerich, Petra Schnwebaur, Sabina Hanke, Peter Hanke, Kristen Kaufman and Edward Mermelstein

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 12: Thorsten Eisingengrich, Kurwadwe Eisingerich, Petra Schnwebaur, Sabina Hanke, Peter Hanke, Kristen Kaufman and Edward Mermelstein attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC/PMC)

 

 Angelo Acquista and Svetlana Acquista

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 12: Angelo Acquista and Svetlana Acquista attend 67th Viennese Opera Ball Benefiting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation at The Plaza on May 12, 2023 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC/PMC)

 

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