Welcome to the 2023 Opera Ball

In Honor of Richard Koenig

About Opera Ball

Part of our city’s vibrant social calendar for the past 62 years, the Tulsa Opera Ball is an iconic happening and a can’t-miss event for young men and women, their families and the community. We invite and welcome all high school seniors to become Debutantes and Squires and join us in this unique opportunity to celebrate their success and support Tulsa Opera.

Opera Ball offers lasting recognition and memories to young men and women and their families; it’s a celebration of all they have accomplished and a toast to their future. It also supports Tulsa Opera’s seventy-five year tradition of inspiring, educating and enriching thousands through main stage productions and educational and outreach programs.

As we kick off our 63rd annual Opera Ball, we continue to honor and pay tribute to Richard Koenig, an ambassador and leader of Tulsa Opera for many years. Under his leadership, Richard was able to reenergize Opera Ball while respecting and celebrating the event’s long held traditions.

Events Calendar

 SEPTEMBER 2022

Open House
Saturday, September 10, 11am-1pm
Black Optical | 3524 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK

Want to learn more about becoming an Opera Ball Debutante or Squire? Stop by our Opera Ball Open House to get all the details and register for fun door prizes from Brookside favorites.

 October 2022

Kickoff Party
Wednesday, October 25
The Mayo Hotel
Our first official event for the Opera Ball Class of 2023! Enjoy an evening at the Penthouse at the Mayo Hotel and get to know your fellow Debs and Squires. The party will feature a fun performance by Tulsa Opera’s Filstrup Resident Artists, games and treats for all.

 January/February 2023

Debutante & Squire School Parties
Event Details TBD
Smaller parties hosted by parents of each school with event support from Tulsa Opera.

 March 2023

Dress & Tuxedo Fittings
Event Details TBD

Opera Ball Portraits
Event Details TBD

 April 2023

Opera Ball Rehearsal
Tuesday, April 4
The Mayo Hotel
Practice makes perfect! Join us for a fun rehearsal and perfect your waltzing skills before the big night.

2023 Opera Ball
Saturday, April 8
The Mayo Hotel
An unforgettable evening! Opera Ball Debutantes and Squires will make their much anticipated, elegant debut, dancing the night away wearing spectacular, custom-designed couture gowns and handsomely-designed white tie and tails.

Meet the Designer

Tulsa Opera is thrilled to partner with renowned fashion designer Cyril Verdavainne on the design of the Debutante gowns. Each year, Cyril creates a unique custom gown for Tulsa Opera Debutantes, something they treasure for years to come.

Cyril began his career illustrating for Thierry Mugler, Balmain and Geoffrey Beene. In 2002, after graduating from Parsons School of Design, Cyril started working with designer Carmen Marc Valvo. He soon became Valvo’s right hand, handling all licensees & diffusion lines while coordinating the couture and eponymous Black Label.

In 2018, after nearly two decades perfecting his technical and design skills, Cyril launched his own label, all manufactured in New York. Its mission is to “make women feel glamorous by bringing service, personal touch, promoting client creativity, and educating them on their choice of designs specific to their body shape.”

Meet the Photographer

We are thrilled to welcome back photographer Amy Herndon to Opera Ball. Amy is a mom of three kids who turned passion for photography into a well known and highly respected business. Since 2009, Amy has created pictures that evoke emotion and illustrate the precious details of families, children and young adults.

Amy has graciously donated her services to Tulsa Opera since 2014 as the official photographer for the Squire and Debutante portraits. All of her children, two sons and one daughter, participated in Opera Ball and Amy served as co-chair of the ball each of those years.

Her experience and knowledge are invaluable, and we are thrilled to have her help again this year both as an Opera Ball committee member and as our photographer.

What’s Included: Squires

  • Ball reservations for four (4) for Squire, family, and friends. Additional ball reservations will be available for purchase after January 1, 2023
  • Formal Squire Presentation
  • Tuxedo rental including shoes and gloves from Beshara’s Formal Wear and personalized Opera medallion
  • Squire boutonniere for Opera Ball
  • Embroidered pocket square
  • Formal Squire portrait sitting
  • Custom made cufflinks
  • Portrait in Tulsa People Magazine (April 2023 issue)
  • Personalized gift TBD
  • Four tickets to any Tulsa Opera performance during the 2022-2023 season
  • Support of Tulsa Opera’s nationally recognized performances and educational programs. Family listed under the appropriate level of giving in three (3) Intermission Magazines

Squire Fee: $4,000

  • Deposit with response card: $1,500
  • 1st payment November 1, 2022: $1,500
  • 2nd payment December 1, 2022: $1,000

For your convenience, we offer the above payment plan with credit card on file or require payment in full by September 30, 2022 (check or credit card). For IRS purposes, the amount beyond $1,500 is deductible to the extent of the law.

What’s Included: Debutantes

  • Ball reservations for four (4) for Debutante, family, and friends. Additional ball reservations will be available for purchase after January 1, 2023
  • Formal Debutante presentation
  • Debutante custom designed couture gown by International Designer Cyril Verdavainne
  • Debutante floral bouquet and gloves for presentation
  • Debutante portrait sitting
  • Pearl and gold necklace
  • Portrait in Tulsa People Magazine (April 2023 issue)
  • Season parties, events, and kick-off dinner hosted by Tulsa Opera
  • Four tickets to any Tulsa Opera performance during the 2022-2023 season
  • Support of Tulsa Opera’s nationally recognized performances and educational programs. Family listed under the appropriate level of giving in three (3) Intermission Magazines

Debutante Fee: $5,500

  • Deposit with response card: $2,000
  • 1st payment November 1, 2022: $2,000
  • 2nd payment December 1, 2022: $1,500

For your convenience, we offer the above payment plan with credit card on file or require payment in full by September 30, 2022 (check or credit card). For IRS purposes, the amount beyond $1,500 is deductible to the extent of the law.

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Join Us for Opera Ball

We hope that you will join us for the 2023 Opera Ball. It is a once in lifetime experience and a tremendous way to support the Tulsa Opera.

To secure your spot as a Debutante or Squire, please fill out the form below before October 15, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Viles at aviles@tulsaopera.com or 918-582-4035, ext. 105.

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