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2018 Gala Luncheon

Luncheon on the Rhine!
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 11:00am (Phoenix)

Join us for a golden afternoon of beautiful music and delightful dining with Arizona Opera at Luncheon on the Rhine.

Thank you so much for your interest in our Gala! We are currently sold out but hope to see you next year!

Saturday, March 17, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa
4949 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 8525



• Aperitifs on the Lawn
• Seated Luncheon
• Crystal Key Awards
Roma B. Wittcoff •  Marlys A. Beider •  The National OPERA America Center
• Live Auction
• Entertainment

  The Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio Artists


Luncheon on the Rhine Auction: 

From private dinners and performances, to your chance at Arizona Opera stardom, our live auction includes something for everyone! Here are just a few of the exciting experiences that will be sold during the live auction:

• An Evening of Fine Food and Song with the Specters

Back by popular demand! Arizona Opera President and General Director Joe Specter and his wife, Kate, invite you and 8 guests  into their home for a delectable 4-course meal, and present an intimate recital of opera arias, duets, and stories. 

• All That Glitters is Gold

Add some sparkle to your jewelry collection with this beautiful pair of 3-carat diamond pavé earrings set in 14k white gold from Tucson-based jewelry designer, Abbott Taylor.

• Libiamo!

Have you dreamed of being on stage, surrounded by beautiful opera stars, and the power of the Arizona Opera Chorus?  Well here is your chance to be part of the scene! Bid on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a walk-on role as a supernumerary in Arizona Opera’s production of La Traviata in January 2019. Includes participation in rehearsals, costume fitting, and a champagne toast for you and your friends after the performance!

• Remarkable Rhine

On your 9 day journey up or down this majestic river from Basel to Amsterdam, you’ll pass by many Gothic cathedrals, the ruins of castles and tiny hamlets occupied by warm and inviting locals. UNESCO World Heritage sites will be in prime form along the way. See whу the Rhine isn’t just remarkable — it’s extraordinarу, mesmerizing and astonishing, too. Click Here for More Info

• Vintage Vines

1994 CHATEAU LATOUR (First Growth Pauillac, Bordeaux)
1997 Penfolds Grange (Australia's most famous wine)
1995 Pichon Lalande ("Super Second" Growth, Pauillac, Bordeaux)
1995 Cos D'Estournel (Second Growth, ST. Estephe, Bordeaux)
1982 Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tilden
1982 Bricco Roche Barolo
2004 Tignanello by Antinori (One of the most collectible "Super Tuscan" wines of Italy)
2004 Foxen "Sea Smoke" Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, CA
1994 Dow's Vintage Port


Luncheon Co-Chairs

Jo Kuchai Pulvermacher  •  Shoshana B. Tancer

Host Committee Members
Marlu Allan  •  Arlyn Brewster  •  Jean Cooper  •  Ardie Evans  •  Nancy Foster  •  Karen Fruen  •  Billie Jo Herberger  •  Sharon Landis  •  Jeannette Segel  •  Kate Kinhan-Specter  •  Roma B. Wittcoff  •  Dr. Judith G. Wolf