By Jim Knippenberg
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Well, sure, they could have opened Cincinnati Opera's 83rd season without a gala, but it wouldn't be the same. After all, the Opera Guild has been tossing one for twentysomething years, and it's always a hit.
Ditto Thursday, when a near sell-out crowd of 300 hauled out the black tie and safe deposit box jewels for cocktails and dinner before the also nearly sold-out opening of Turandot.
It was an early party - 5:30 p.m. - so many wandered in late. Those who arrived early enough did a mix 'n' mingle over wine and munchies in Music Hall's second-floor foyer.
It was a good mix 'n' mingle. The way you can tell is the committee had a terrible time herding the partiers upstairs for dinner.
Dinner in Corbett Tower was Asian-themed - Turandot is an Asian princess, after all - produced by caterer Jeff Thomas with dishes like salad with ginger and soy and Szechwan-style entrees. Filling, but still light enough so you could sit through a three-hour opera.
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