"La Notte Grande" was held recently at the Capitol Theater, sponsored by the Utah Opera board of directors.

The black-tie event kicked off a fund drive to establish an endowment fund for the Utah Opera Company.As guests arrived at the Capitol, they stepped onto a red carpet and were escorted into the lobby, where hors d'oeuvres were served. Music was provided by the Jensen-Wood-bury Duo. Following the social hour, guests were ushered to their tables on the stage of the theater, which was decorated with live, blossoming trees donated by Wasatch Shadows Nurseries.

Cal Gaddis, board chairman, and Dave Mortensen, president and co-chairman of the event, welcomed guests.

Katie Mercier's Eiffel Tower Catering treated guests to a sumptuous five-course gourmet meal.

After-dinner entertainment was provided by artists from Utah Opera's cast for the upcoming production of "Die Fledermaus."

A special tribute was paid to Glade Peterson, general director and founder of the Utah Opera Company, by Edwin B. Firmage, first chairman of the Utah Opera board and a professor of law at the University of Utah.

Utah artist Gary Collins contributed a painting that was auctioned off during the evening. (Glenda Solomon made the winning bid.)

Honored guests included Sen. and Mrs. Jake Garn and Rep. Wayne Owens.

Highlight of the evening was a drawing for a trip for two to Milan, Italy, for the opening of the opera season at La Scala. The trip was courtesy of Ambassador Travel and Trans World Airlines. Mr. and Mrs. John Bryner of Utah Power & Light Co. won the trip.

Capping the evening's entertainment was dancing to the music of the Larry Jackstein Trio.

Master of ceremonies for the event was Mark Van Wagoner, KMGR Radio. Co-chairman of the party along with Dave Mortensen was Kirstie Kaiser.