¡La Feria! A Spanish Carnaval

Arizona Opera fundraising luncheon produces more than $340K

Colorful attire, hats, fans and flowers, plus a signature cocktail, created a lively ambience at ¡La Feria! A Spanish Carnaval,

Arizona Opera’s luncheon gala. The March 16 occasion at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia raised in excess of $340,000 for the company.

More than 330 guests attended the event, chaired by Kate Specter and Craig Bohmler. Billie Jo and Judd Herberger served as honorary chairs for the Spanish carnaval-themed gala.

In recognition of their support to Arizona Opera, Joseph Specter, president and general director, presented Crystal Key Awards to Shoshana and Robert Tancer, Phoenix; Linda Staubitz, Tucson; and the Arizona Spark Commissioning Club, founded by Dr. Judith G. Wolf.

The program included musical performances by Craig Bohmler, recipient of a 2019 Governor’s Arts Award and composer of Riders of the Purple Sage, along with performances by Houston Grand Opera studio alumnus Octavio Moreno, baritone; Scottsdale native Lacy Sauter, soprano; and members of the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio.


Kay and Ron McDougall; Vikie Hariton and Patricia Coyne-Johnson

JW Rayhons, Roxanne Ropella, Kathy Fossum and Amy Shelton

Kim Smith, Loral Pultz and Susan Kolding

Joseph Specter, Susan Rawls, Martha Carey Lee and Stephen Munk

Kate Specter and Craig Bohmler

Erik and Marion Droge

Marlu Allan, Christopher Cano and Scott Stallard

Mark Schnaible, Zachary Nelson and Andre Courville

Ralph Andres, Ellen Andres-Schneider, Oscar De las salas and Gary Jackson

Salvador Bretts-Jamison, Jake Bretts-Jamison and Shelly Jamison

Sharon Landis, Karen Fruen and Elodee Portigal

Tammy McLeod and Felecia Clack

Tracy Brewster, Taylor Brewster, Patricia Moores and Kate Wilson

Carla Hess and Ralie Lawrence

Drs. Stephen and Barbara Munk

Erik Peterson, Ellen Andres-Schneider, and Judy and William Goldberg

Gil Maw and Jenny Auger Maw

Jeffrey and Angela Glosser with Terrence Hanson

Joseph Specter, Octavio Moreno, Lacy Sauter, Robert and Shoshana Tancer, Judith Wolf, Linda Staubitz, Katherine Beck, Kaitlyn Johnson, Christopher Cano and Brandon Morales

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