GALA 2020 Live Auction


These are classic beauties that will look wonderful on anyone! Diamonds Direct is donating this pair of 14-karat, 1-inch in diameter, white-gold diamond inside/out hoops weighing more than 1 carat in diamonds, valued at $2,000. North Carolina Opera is proud to feature this beautiful set given by our newest corporate auction supporter. 

Conveniently located outside Crabtree Valley Mall, Diamonds Direct has been proud to call Raleigh home since 2008. Whether you’re shopping for the perfect blue or red accessory for football or basketball season, or popping the question to the love of your life, our diamond experts have you covered! North Carolina Opera is proud to feature this beautiful set given by our newest corporate partner! 

Five-day,four-night-stay all-inclusive stay for two in first-class luxury at Ongava Wildlife Preserve in Namibia. This trip is available through 2021. Ongava Lodge offers timelessly chic lodging adjacent to the wild beauty of Etosha National Park. Includes game drives and guided hikes in Etosha and Ongava Lodge; specialist lectures and informative discussions; and luxurious lodgings. You may work with Premier Tours to expand your trip to include Cape Town, the Skeleton Coast or Victoria Falls. This trip has been won by numerous NC Opera supporters over the years who all attest to what an amazing experience it is! *Note: international and intra-Africa flights are not included, but those arrangements may also be made through Premier. 



Enjoy 7 nights in Tuscany at Bella Cortona, located a few minutes outside of the town of Foiano della Chiana. Its ideal hub location is perfect for those with a car to explore the many nearby must-see towns of Tuscany.

The villa, gardens, olive grove, gym and pool sit on several acres of fenced land with a private gated entrance. The patio and outdoor sitting spaces are perfect to view the Tuscan sunsets. The pool is surrounded by lounge chairs with views of the olive trees.

The home is adorned with beautifully restored Tuscan antique furnishings, including a dining table that seats 12 guests. The house has 6 bedrooms, and each has a private bathroom, European queen-sized bed, personal iPad and speaker to stream music/TV/movie, air conditioning, and beautiful views. Just a few steps from the main house is a gym suite outfitted with brand new exercise equipment. Top of the line wi-fi spans the entire property. You may add options such as a nightly chef's dinner and/or cooking classes. 

This package is available through late 2021 or in 2022, subject to a mutually agreeable date; please book ASAP. No children under 12.




Georgia and Armenia represent two ancient and unique civilizations that are often neglected by travelers seeking new and unusual experiences. Both countries are located on the eastern edge of Europe and used to be known as the Trans-Caucasus. Now they are wide open for tourism, with good hotels and very good food and wines. This personalized private tour will provide an exceptional opportunity to explore the historic and scenic highlights of both countrIes.  

Here are just a few highlights of your immersion in the two countries: Kakheti, Georgia, known for its fine wines and exceptional hospitality; the historic churches of Mtskheta, Georgia, a Unesco World Heritage Site; the four small medieval villages of the Ushgali region; beautiful and rugged Debed Canyon in Armenia; the 10th century Haghpat Monastery; the wine-growing bounty of Vayots Dzor province; and the spa town of Jermuk, known for its hot springs and mineral waters.  Other remarkable sites include Zorats Karer, knowns as “the Armenian Stonehenge,” and the 13th-century cave monastery of Geghard. Fly into the sophisticated city of Tblisi, Georgia and home from Zvarthots International Airport, Armenia.

This trip includes:  
  • English-speaking guide service, completely customized to the travelers’ needs
  • 14 nights hotel accommodations with free Wifi
  • All breakfasts
  • Entrance tickets to all tourist sites and wine-tastings on the itinerary
  • All excursions by air-conditioned private vehicles  
  • Private jeep service to local sites
  • Depending upon travel dates, tickets to a performance by the Tbisili State Opera and Ballet Company
  • All travel arrangements will be made by Triangle travel expert. (NOTE: a 10-day abridged version of the trip is also available.)
  • Does not include airfare. Most travelers fly to London from the U.S. and then to the Caucasians.