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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 25, 2013 Called "one of the biggest events of the Fall season," Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) opened its 37 th season on Friday, October 4 th, with a red car- pet Gala Soiree Dinner and a VIP af- ter party in the majestic lobby of Boston's Wang Theatre, celebrating opening night of the company's world premiere new English adaptation of Mozart's operatic masterpiece, "The Magic Flute," starring tenor Zach Borichevsky, bass baritone David Cushing, baritone Andrew Garland, and sopranos Deborah Selig, Meredith Hansen and So Young Park. Tremont Street was closed courtesy of Boston Police to allow the sparkling throng of guests to cross from the Wang Theatre to the Shubert Theatre, as members of the touch performance art troupe--in- cluding costumed fire throwers, stilt walkers, native drummers and dancers--moved about the street, also inspired by the production's Latin American setting in the an- cient Mayan Yucatan which re- ceived its debut that night at the Shubert Theatre. Following the opening night per- formance of The Magic Flute at the Richard de Asla, Jane Akin, Kyla de Asla and Steve Akin. Shubert Theatre, guests proceeded back to the Wang Theatre for an- other red carpet affair, this time a VIP After Party with the Cast of the Magic Flute, which included a spe- cial entrance by Cast and Gala Co- Chairs on the Wang Theatre's grand staircase, with dancing and cock- tails going until nearly l:00 a.m. Guests enjoyed libations and signa- ture cocktails by Keel Vodka, Por- tico Brewing Company and Macchu Pisco, and danced to hip music, fea- turing the debut of a special electronica remix featuring the a cappella voice of soprano So Young Park performing her signature "Pangs of Hell" aria. The evening smashed previous BLO fundraising efforts, raising 8645,000 for the longest running and only fully-professional opera company in New England, the larg- est Gala amount ever raised by the company, besting last year's achievement by over $100,000. "The extraordinary generosity and loyalty of our audiences and supporters is evidence of New England's deep affection for opera and for BLO's legacy," said BLO General & Artistic Director Esther Nelson. Funds raised from the evening's events help support BLO's Emerging Artists initiative, a signature part of the company's mission to nurture and create performance and devel- opment opportunities for emerging operatic talent. Gala co-chair Lynn Dale and husband Frank Wisneski. Gala co-chair Jessica Donohue and husband Tim. Gala co-chair Ann Beha and hus- band Bob Radloff. BLO General & Artistic Director Esther Nelson and "The Magic Flute" Soprano So Young Park. (Photos by Roger Farrington) New to Market Open House - 1- 3 - Sunday - October 27 -- Sophisticated elegance is the hallmark ofthis exquisite custom built stucco home with water views of the Cambridge Reservoir. Numerous elaborate custom features - oversized bay and floor- to-ceiling windows - custom designed cabinets and built-in are found throughout this fourteen room home with: Five Bedrooms * Indoor Pool Media Room * Four full Bathrooms Family Room Three half Bathrooms Ojce Nanny-ln-LawSuite Spacious Living room opens to the Dining room and shares a glass wall to the magnificent indoor Pool. Beautifully landscaped Grounds with circular Driveway - Patio - three-car heated Garage and Gazebo are only a few of the exterior features. Offers an elegant Nanny or In-Law Suite with private entrance. Home of Yolanda - a Boston Fashion Celebrity Offered by: Lucille D'Agostino Murray Listing, Marketing and Relocation Specialist RE/MAX Leading Edge Member of the Hall of Fame - President's Club and Multi-Million Dollar Producers Cell: 781-82o-5o28 @ East Boston SocialCenters - Halloween Party Dinner Dance and a Chance to Win a Total of $5,000 in Cash Prizes (4) $500 & (1) $3,000 Grand Prize! (Neednotbe present to win) Friday, October 25, 2013 Suffolk Downs -- Topsider Room 6:30- 10:30 PM $100/per person (1 Entry to win any of 5 cash prizes totaling $5,000 + 1 Dinner) Dinner only: $30 per person Musk prodded by DJ Alan La Bella The night will be a fun packed evening with Dinner, Dancing, and Best Costume Contest Best Female and Best Male Costume win $100 cash prize each.  So be therefor a "Ghoulhly " GoodIime RAFFLES "Lottery Tickets Tree," 2 Nights at Bayside Resort Cape Cod, a stay at Hyatt Boston Harbor tickets to several theatre productions, Disney on Ice, restaurants & many more prizes! 3 for $10 (need not be present to win) 2 tickets to Boston Bruins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, 11/14/13, Logo seats $10 each (need not be present to win) For tickets or more info, please contact Marisa Di Pietro at: 617-569-3221 x 19 (office) * 617-650-3442 (cell) * -- ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT EAST BOSTON SOCIAL CENTERS PROGRAMS --