Baroque Ball

Thank You!

Portland Opera’s Baroque Ball gala was an unforgettable celebration of the art of opera in the city that we love.

Over 350 cultural, business, civic, artistic, and philanthropic leaders came together in support of Portland Opera on Saturday, September 16—raising $1M at the Baroque Ball gala at the Portland Art Museum.

Tony and Emmy Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth made her Portland concert debut as part of the event, which was an evening celebrating timelessness, elegance, and the grand art of opera. A trained coloratura soprano, Chenoweth performed works spanning musical theatre, jazz, and American classics, with music director Mary-Mitchell Campbell. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when, as a special surprise, Chenoweth welcomed choir students and instrumentalists from Tualatin High School to join her onstage for the final song of the evening, Ms. Campbell’s “Reasons For Hope.”

“This was really a celebration of the community, and bringing the art of opera to the city and region that we love,” says Christopher Mattaliano, general director. “We are so inspired by the individuals, businesses, and organizations who elevate Portland Opera by sharing their support and advocacy—and this event set a new standard for our organization.”

Kristin Chenoweth and Tualatin High School Choir | Photo by Garrett Downen

Gwyneth Gamble Booth and Carole E. Morse served as co-chairs for the Baroque Ball gala, joined by committee members Celeste Rose, Kregg Arntson, and Charles Stanton. Poison Waters served as the Mistress of Ceremonies; Ian Lindsay served as Auctioneer. In collaboration with Anthropologie & Co. and Portland Opera, award-winning photographer Gia Goodrich of VEV Studios directed a unique portrait studio for guests. Read the full press release here.

Portrait by Gia Goodrich |

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Platinum entertainment sponsors of the Baroque Ball gala included:

Joanne M. Lilley

Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer, Directors of The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation

Ellyn Bye and Dream Envision Foundation

Dorothy Piacentini

Gold Level Premiere Corporate Partners included:


Broadway Across America

The Standard

Winderlea Vineyard & Winery

Portland Opera is grateful to all sponsors, table hosts, and individuals who supported our Baroque Ball gala: thank you!

For over five decades, Portland Opera has contributed to the cultural, artistic, and economic landscape of the city that we love. Proceeds from the Baroque Ball strengthens our ability to serve our audiences and the region. Your support underscores our dedication to offering integrated arts curricula and opera experiences for young audiences through our Portland Opera to Go educational outreach program; and supports our commitment to professional development for the next generation of artists, storytellers, and leaders in our field through the Resident Artist program.

This event helped make it possible for us to continue to share the beauty and breadth of opera. For more information about the impact of the Baroque Ball gala, please email us: or call 503.417.0581.