An Evening Where No One Sleeps

Benefiting Young Patronesses of the Opera

Lurenda Turner, Marta Alfonso, Magita Rojas

Friday, May 17, 2019
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Four Seasons
1435 Brickell Ave, Downtown Miami

YPO’s 2019-2020 President Marianne Kircher is joined by dynamic co-chairs Marta Alfonso, Magita Rojas and Lurenda Turner in presenting this magnificent evening.  “I am so fortunate to be working with this group of women who are donating their professional talents to create such a memorable event,” said Kircher.  “We will be recreating the majesty and mystery of Beijing’s Forbidden City, which is the setting for Puccini’s Turandot.” Guests will experience sets that recall a Ming courtyard, the grandeur of the Imperial Palace, a Zen Garden and a traditional Chinese marketplace.

YPO, now in its 64th year, hosts an annual benefit that is one of Miami’s oldest and most prestigious galas. The 200 patrons expected to attend will raise funds for YPO’s community programs which support music and opera education in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Since 1976, YPO has brought professional mini-opera performances (In-School Opera) to elementary school children each year. YPO also presents both an annual Girl Scout Workshop  so that 150 scouts earn their opera patch, as well as  Teacher’s Workshop, to train Miami-Dade Music teachers ways to incorporate opera in the classroom. YPO’s biennial Voice Competition supports singers under 30 as they launch their professional careers.

Guests at “An Evening Where No One Sleeps” will enjoy a delicious formal dinner, live band and surprise entertainers throughout the evening. A silent auction will offer luxury items and once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunities.

YPO Voice Competition

Festivities surrounding YPO’s ‘An Evening Where No One Sleeps’ are already underway.   On May 15, YPO patrons were invited to a cocktail party at Manolis Projects Art Gallery (335 N.E. 59th Street, Miami, 33137) for an exhibition by abstract expressionist J. Steven Manolis, and a trunk show by acclaimed jewelry designer Geoffrey Good, who traveled from New York to personally present his new line. Pastry chef Antonio Bachour, winner of the international Best Chef Awards, and owner of the new restaurant Bachour in Coral Gables, served up delectable hors d’oeuvres.  Champagne provided extra sparkle to the evening.

Tickets to ‘An Evening Where No One Sleeps’ start at $400 and are currently on sale. They may be purchased online at


About Young Patronesses of the Opera (YPO)

Founded in 1956, YPO is a non-profit group of women who advocate for music education and support the Florida Grand Opera.  Proceeds from the gala will fund such annual programs as In School Opera performances for 20,000 elementary school students, a workshop for Girl Scouts and a continuing education workshop for 150 Miami-Dade County public school teachers.  YPO has published 24 Opera Funtimes, a series of activity books which introduce great operas to young children. The internationally renowned Voice Competition for rising opera singers under the age of 30 is held every two years. All programs are offered free of charge.  To learn more about YPO visit .

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