San Diego Opera’s Annual Gala “A Night to Dream” took place on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 6 p.m. at The Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. Chaired by Rebecca and Mitch Mitchell, and honoring the contributions to the community by Sherry and Kevin Ahern, the event featured the exceptional vocal talents of Grammy-award winning baritone Reginald Smith Jr. who made a memorable San Diego Opera debut in February 2022 as Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. Local opera stars Tasha Koontz and Ted Pickell also delighted guests with performances throughout the evening which will also include a live auction and paddle raise with proceeds to support San Diego Opera programming.
Each year, San Diego Opera identifies honorees who exhibit leadership, positively affect people’s lives, and demonstrate a deep commitment to fulfilling our mission – to deliver exceptional vocal performances and exciting, accessible programs to diverse audiences, focusing on community engagement and the transformative power of live performance. Sherry and Kevin Ahern embody these traits and San Diego Opera is profoundly grateful for their generosity and dedication. Sherry and Kevin have been champions of San Diego Opera for over ten years. As dedicated philanthropists and respected leaders, they have invested their time into giving back to the community they love.