Graduates to sing at gala for LSU Opera

Building an opera program is much like fielding a football team.

“When you’re putting a football program together, you always have good players in your area and state, but you have to recruit throughout the nation to build a quality program,” says Robert Grayson, LSU voice professor and founder of Opéra Louisiane. “It’s the same with an opera program.”

Grayson stepped away from Opéra Louisiane two years ago to focus on raising scholarship money for the LSU Opera.

A fundraising gala is set for Sunday and will feature LSU graduates Lisette Oropesa and Daniella Mack, with LSU Opera music director Michael Borowitz on the piano.

Last year’s gala featuring New Orleans native and international tenor Paul Groves and Oropresa raised some $45,000 for the program.

Sunday’s event, “The Patrons of LSU Opera Gala Concert Banquet and Silent Auction,” starts with dinner and performance at 6 p.m., with a 5 p.m. cocktail hour, in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Ballroom.

Premium admission is $150 and includes reserved seating, dinner with wine, the concert and a post-concert champagne reception with the artists.

General admission is $100 and includes dinner with wine and the concert. All proceeds will go toward scholarships for LSU Opera students.

For tickets, call (225) 578-4068 or email