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Taconic Opera Hosts Opera Goes Insane

A promotional poster for the "Opera Goes Insane" series.
A promotional poster for the "Opera Goes Insane" series. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Taconic Opera, now in its 18th season in Westchester, will present another unusual fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 17 in White Plains at the ArtsWestchester Gallery at 31 Mamaroneck Ave.

The Gala’s theme, Opera Goes Insane, will feature the company’s lead professional singers performing “mad scenes” from famous operas while guests dine in total serenity. This event is an entertaining, upbeat, and unique way to support the continuation of live, professional opera in Westchester County.

This year’s honorees include amazing individuals that have each given many years of hard work and energy in support of both the arts and artists in Westchester: Carol and Ray Arrucci, owner-directors of the Cortlandt School of Performing Arts; Evaristus Mainsah, arts philanthropist and IBM General Manger in Global Financing; and, Rosemarie Ruggiero, arts philanthropist and President of the Opera Club of Heritage Hills.

All Gala proceeds support Taconic Opera’s 2015-2016 season, an eclectic mix of events: a double bill of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury; an oratorio- Job - based on the Book of Job and composed by Taconic Opera Director and composer, Dan Montez; a chamber concert conducted by Taconic Opera Conductor Jun Nakabayashi, featuring pieces by Mozart and Schubert; and a semi-staged production of Bizet’s Carmen in which the audience will be invited to participate in the singing of the choruses.

Full season details are found on the company’s website. Attendance at the event will be by a partially tax deductible donation: Gold $250; Silver, $200; Bronze $150. Discounts are available for groups of two or more and tables for eight. Start time: 7 p.m. Tickets and reservations can be arranged online at or by calling 1-855-886-7372. Parking is plentiful in the vicinity and the venue is handicap accessible.

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