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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 25, 2011 Page 7 byJBlda M. Morrill i BLO General & Artistic Director Esther Nelson, center, is pictured with BLO Board chairman Steven Akin and Committee member Jane Akin, at left, and their daughter and son-in-law Kyla and Dr. Richard de Asla, at right. (Photo by Roger Farrington) BLO Board member Linda Cabot Black, center, her daughter Diane Scanlon, left, with grandchildren and friends in Roman attire. (Photo by Roger Farrington) Boston Lyric Opera's el- egant production of Handel's fast-paced "Agrippina" fin- ished its Boston tour at the Shubert Theatre this week. This light and frothy opera with "insidious undertones is based on historical fact, weaving a twisted tale of in- trigue taking place in Rome. Prior to the run, the BLO put an interesting spin on the traditional gala format by throwing a "21st birthday Smiling for the camera are Frank Wisneski and Lynn Dale, co-chairs of "A Roman Affair." (Photo by Roger Farrington) Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 party" for Nero, the infamous Emperor of Rome who reigned from 54-68 AD, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel back in October. Titled, "A Roman Affair," BLO's biggest fundraiser of the year featured dramatic performances by principal singers in the Company's current season. The guest of honor was loosely based on the same character in "Agrippina." "The Gala is BLO's most significant fund raising event of the year and we are very honored to serve as chairs," noted Lynn Dale and BLO Board member Frank Wisneski. "This year's Gala is exciting, unique, and will showcase the vocal, staging and acting talents that exemplify BLO productions, as well as kick off this season of exhilarat- ing opera. The proceeds will help support the season with a special emphasis on the Company's mentorship of young artists and related programs that bring quality opera to audiences through- out New England." Regal black tie was en- couraged for the "musical extravaganza, written, pro- duced, designed by and star- ring His Divine Majesty, Nero," (Chad A. Johnson, who appears in "A Midsum- mer Night's Dream" in April) as stated in the invitations. Susanne Hatje, General Manager of Mandarin Orien- tal, Boston, stated, "We are excited to host such a pres- tigious event as Boston Lyric Opera's Gala in our luxuri- ous space and to have the I DIAMONDS 1 ROLX ESTATI JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 opportunity to work closely on the event production to create an out-of-the-box experience that reflects our hotel's worldly flair." For Jnformation about the Boston Lyric Opera and its upcoming productions, visit ....... Readers of "The Socially Set" know that we love all things horticultural. Therefore, we are happy to report about a popular up- coming event that is en- joyed annually by many of Greater Boston's residents. Celebrating its 16th year as America's premier sum- mer flower show, the "2011 Newport Flower,Show" will welcome visitors with the grace and sophistication that has raised entertaining to a.n art form in the City- by-the-Sea. "Entertaining - Newport Style" will be held on the historic grounds of Rosecliff, which hosted some of the most fabulous parties of the Gilded Age in the early 20th century and remains a set- ting for elegant receptions and entertainment to this day. A benefit for The Preser- vation Society of Newport County, the "Newport Flower Show" will open on Friday morning, June 24, and run through Sunday, June 26. The presenting sponsor of the Show is Bartlett Tree Experts. The Opening Night Cock- tail Party on Friday, June 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., will launch Newport's summer season with a cocktail buf- fet, live music, and enter- taining surprises. The show will c(mtinue through the weekend with themed floral exhibits that highlight New- port's history of entertain- ing, horticultural entries, garden designs, and photog- raphy, all staged throughout the elegant reception rooms of Rosecliff, its oceanfront terrace and lawn. We are told that arriving guests will pass through a series of pavilions and gar- dens on Rosecliffs front lawn that are designed to show- case outdoor entertaining, while also browsing the Gardeners' Marketplace for specialty plants, flowers and garden accessories. The shopping experience will continue on the back lawn, in the Oceanside Boutiques featuring additional garden and lifestyle-related products and services. From the first settlers until today, Newporters have taken great pride in their landscapes and gardens, con- sidered central to summer life and entertaining. In fact, the estate gardeners of Newport came together in 1890 to form a horticultural society and offer prizes in (Continued on Page 13) Caff Al-Volo II J For Private or All Function Needs Specializing in Espresso & Cappucino Salvatore T6t6 Talluto Home: (617) 567-5105 Cell: (617) 851-6048