La Bella Notte 2021 Heads Online

This year marks two major milestones for the Nashville Opera. The nonprofit is commemorating its 40th year, and CEO and Artistic Director John Hoomes is celebrating his 25th anniversary there. While these achievements can’t be honored in person at La Bella Notte this year, they will be recognized online when it is presented as a virtual gala on Feb. 6. Everyone is invited to enjoy this evening of gorgeous operatic performances from the comfort and safety of their home.

Co-chairs Barbara Warren and Emily Weiss are bringing true operatic flair — and fun — to the evening. For starters, everyone who registers to view the gala can “walk” the virtual red carpet. Although watching La Bella Notte will be free, the duo has come up with enticing perks for those who wish to donate to the event.

In addition to celebrating the anniversaries and the talented company performers, the program will include highlights from the Opera’s first 40 years in dazzling photos and film. Ann Marie and Martin McNamara, who actually conceived the idea for La Bella Notte over 25 years ago in Santa Fe, will receive the Francis Robinson and Marion Couch Award. The silent auction goes live on Jan. 26 with a tempting array of items, including dazzling jewelry and magical escapes.

La Bella Notte is the signature event for the Nashville Opera Guild and raises funds to support the Opera’s education and outreach programs, which are evolving into virtual school tours and a mobile stage due to the pandemic. Reservations can be made by calling the Opera at 615-832-5242 or by booking online before Jan. 27. Full details for the virtual gala are available at

Photograph by Cara Schneider