Social Scene: Washington Opera Society Gala


The Washington Opera Society recently hosted a splendid evening of dining and opera under the gracious patronage of H.E. Philippe Étienne in La Maison Français at the Embassy of France. “Faust,” under the baton of General and Artistic Director Julien Benichou was the first WOS opera production since 2019. WOS Board President Alexandra Sényi de Nagy-Unyom welcomed the “good looking crowd.” The performance began with the Ukrainian National Anthem as Maestro Benichou noted that art brings people together and war keeps them apart. The opera’s accomplished cast included Michael Butler as Faust, Kevin Short as Mephistopheles and Kristin Sampson as Marguerite. Meghan McCall and Stefan Lopatkiewicz narrated. A splendid future is foreshadowed as the company pursues the vision of founder Michael Reilly.

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