An Evening Where No One Sleeps

Benefiting Young Patronesses of the Opera

2019, Charity & Social Events, Events of the Week, Gala Guide
Date Saturday, November 2, 2019 Organization Young Patronesses of the Opera (YPO) Categories 2019, Charity & Social Events, Events of the Week, Gala Guide
Place Four Seasons Hotel Address 1435 Brickell Ave Website

Leading philanthropists and music lovers will come together for the Young Patronesses of the Opera (YPO) annual gala to raise funds for music education.  This year’s black-tie affair “An Evening Where No One Sleeps”, to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami, draws inspiration from one of the most beloved arias in all of opera — the soul-stirring ‘Nessun Dorma’ from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini.  YPO’s gala will be equally as uplifting, and so exciting no one will want to miss a minute.

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.   “We will be recreating the majesty and mystery of Beijing’s Forbidden City,” said Kircher,“the setting for Puccini’s Turandot”.  Guestswill experience sets that recall a Ming courtyard, the grandeur of the Imperial Palace, a Zen Garden and a traditional Chinese marketplace. Dinner and dancing to live music will be punctuated by surprise entertainment throughout the evening.

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 willraise funds for YPO’s community programs which support music and opera education in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.  Sponsors and underwriters to date included Anticipation Yacht Charters, Antonio Bachour, Trish and Dan Bell, Morris & Anita Broad Philanthropic Fund, Fidelity Investments, Swanee and Paul DiMare, Marianne and Peter Kircher, LT Creative, Inc.,  MBAF Certified Public Accountants and Advisors, J. Steven Manolis, Maurice Jewelers, Linda & Pat McEnany, The Old River House, SeaDream Yacht Club and Worth New York.

Tickets to ‘An Evening Where No One Sleeps’ start at $400 and may be purchased at


Benefactor Party Sunday, October 27

Guests who purchase ticket packages at the $1500 level will be invited to a special evening on Sunday, October 27.  The Benefactor Party will be held at The Old River House, 301 SW Third Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale and will include hors d’oeuvres and special entertainment.


Gala Kick Off Event Manolis Projects Art Gallery

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 NE 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.

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 .

Puccini's opera Turandot, set in Ancient China, is the inspiration for "An Evening Where No One Sleeps"
Lurenda Turner, Marta Alfonso, Magita Rojas
YPO Gala Sponsors Dan & Trish Bell and Swanee DiMare
Past YPO Presidents Pat Mederos, Holly Evans, Gail Piñon, Barbara Reese, Debbie Campbell, Lisa Wheeler, Renee Gross, Julie Tadaro
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