GALA 2019 Live Auction


One Week in Spain at Villa Casa Fuentecica 
Big Island Hawaiian Escape 
Private Screening at Raleigh's Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Second Empire Chef's Table for Eight
The Lyricosa String Quartet Private House Concert 
Every Woman Wants a Bailey Box
Walk on Role - North Carolina Opera's Pagliacci


Situated in an elevated position, nestled into the hillside overlooking the typical Spanish village of Bedar, is Casa Fuentecica. This fabulous villa accommodating up to six guests in four bedrooms, 3 with ensuites, comes complete with a pool, views of the Filabres mountains and Mojacar coastline, and garden. The property is within walking distance to the hilltop village, which includes a handful of local bars and restaurants, plus a few shops, bakery, and pharmacy. Furnished comfortably, all rooms are spacious throughout including the benefit of air-conditioning. Doors lead out from the mezzanine lounge out onto the terrace which provides an inviting setting for alfresco dining and an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful mountain and sea views down towards the coastline of Mojacar in the distance.
More active nightlife is within an easy drive. In fact, the villa is less than 10 miles from coastal resorts of Mojacar Playa and Garrucha. The larger popular resort of Mojacar with its long sandy stretch of beach can be reached within a 20 minute drive, offering a vast array of restaurants, beach bars and shops, as well as the fishing port of Garrucha. Should you require the services of a cook during your stay, this can be arranged on a time plus materials basis.   Reservations available in 2021 only.


Enjoy a relaxing week overlooking the Pacific and the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. From your private home, Hale Mauka, enjoy lush flora, watch coffee beans grow, relax on the lanai and enjoy views of Kealakekua Bay.  This unique private home sits 1400 feet above Kealakekua Bay with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and its gorgeous coastline.  An easy drive to great restaurants and shopping, this 3 Bedroom, 2.5 bath home is set on a lush green mountainside dotted with fruit and coffee trees.  Unwind on the lanai with a good book and a glass of wine, or log-in to wireless high speed Internet if you must. Consider these not-to-miss adventures nearby: a helicopter tour to an erupting volcano, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, snorkeling and kayaking with the dolphins in Kealakekua Bay.  



At a mutually agreed upon day and time, treat yourself and 24 guests to a private screening of a classic film of your choice at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Raleigh, the “new kid on the block” serving the Triangle, known for its unique programming, comfortable accommodations and excellent food and service! The event includes one specialty cocktail and one entrée from a select menu. This is the PERFECT event to celebrate a special occasion or just to say thank you to friends, family and/or business associates. 



Imagine a dining experience that combines an atmosphere of classical history and elegance with a selection of cuisine that is as exquisitely unique as it is delicious. When you and seven of your friends enjoy dinner from the Chef’s Table at Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern, you will interact directly with Chef Daniel Schurr and his staff throughout your dinner and experience firsthand the techniques utilized by them. Then imagine delighting your senses with a world-class wine selection. It’s not your imagination. Located in the beautifully restored Dodd-Hinsdale House in downtown Raleigh, Second Empire satisfies the highest of standards. Its delectable menu, spectacular wine list and polished service have won the AAA Four Diamond Award, the DiRoNa Award, the Open Table Diner’s Choice Award, and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Simply put, a trip to Second Empire is an experience unlike any other!


Enjoy a live concert of string quartet masterworks in the setting for which they were originally intended – in the intimacy of your own home! The Lyricosa Quartet is a vibrant new string quartet made up of freelance musicians from the Triangle area, including your own North Carolina Opera concertmaster Carol Chung. Carol is joined by violinist Julia Reeves, violist Simon Ertz and cellist Rosalind Leavell. Their combined goal is to reach a vast depth of intimacy and understanding in each work they play. They seek to fully immerse themselves artistically in their repertoire. 


Every woman wants a Bailey Box!  Now is your chance to get two! 

David Yurman has defined jewelry for all lifestyles through unconventional artistry. From iconic cable bracelets to inventive new creations, these designs express effortless American luxury and superb craftsmanship.  This amazing David Yurman Suite includes a stunning buckle necklace and a classic cable bracelet.  Crafted in sterling silver, the 19MM short adorned necklace has the added sparkle of 0.923 total carats of pave diamond.  The bracelet is crafted in sterling silver and has a pave diamond buckle clasp, with a total diamond carat weight of .69.  Both pieces make an elegant addition to any outfit!



Ever wondered what it’s like on stage in a costume, under the lights, hearing the orchestra and voices from the best place in the house? Here’s your chance to do exactly that! Appear onstage in a walk-on role as a “supernumerary” (an on-stage, non-singing role) in the upcoming performance of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.

Laugh, clown. Laugh! Canio and his wife Nedda lead a band of traveling carnival players in late 19th-Century Southern Italy. They are the live, in-person social media of the day, greeted with wild cheers wherever they go. On the stage, Canio plays the clown, but beneath his makeup boils a troubled and jealous soul. When Canio suspects his wife has taken a lover, he explodes during a performance and, in full view of a stunned audience, stops at nothing to learn the truth. The show and reality become one, with tragic, shocking results!  The all-star cast includes Carl Tanner, Melinda Whittington, Takaoki Onishi and YOU! In addition to the performances, the experience also includes participation in rehearsals, costume fittings and backstage activities, an inside experience being part of an NC opera production! Don’t just support opera, be in it!  Performances January 24, at 7:30PM and 26th at 2:00PM, 2020