Hitting a High Note

Billy Fong
December 21, 2012
Event Date:
January 01, 1900

The Dallas Opera never fails to impress, especially since the move into its glamorous new home. It was a sold-out house for First Night of Pursuits of Passion with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida. (For those readers who don't know the story line of this classic, picture Bravo's Real Housewives set in Egypt.) An evening like this called for gowns that trail behind, and my favorite was a Burberry plaid confection worn by Kelly Taylor ‹ a Cinderella moment, but with Christopher Bailey instead of mice. At intermission, I found two of my favorite socials, Amy Faulconer (she and husband Vernon Faulconer were two of the evening's honorary chairs) and Fanchon Hallam. We exclaimed in unison that the costumes were spectacular thanks to local designers ‹ Michael Faircloth, Abi Ferrin, Geoffrey Henning, Khanh Nguyen, and Nicolas Villalba, who created gowns inspired by leading characters of the season for a special arts-and-sports mélange. After the standing ovation, guests adjourned to an adjacent tent for dinner, where we had the opportunity to air kiss the amazing performers. With a song in their hearts: Delilah and Sam Boyd, Cece Smith, Gene and Jerry Jones, Nicole Dabbert, Walt Roper, Baylor Barbee, and Shatory and Brandon Carr.