Opera Gala Live Auction

Diamond Hoop Earrings – Donated by Diamonds Direct

Beautiful 1 carat, white-gold, inside/out diamond hoop earrings donated by Diamonds Direct. These classic earrings go well with any outfit, from ball gowns to jeans! Estimated value: $1,700.00.

Luxury Vacation Home Getaway for up to Eight People/Manzanillo, Mexico

Donated by: Luxury Manzanillo in partnership with North Carolina Opera

Escape in luxury to the epic coast of Manzanillo, Mexico.  Located on the Pacific Ocean between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco, Manzanillo is one of Mexico’s top luxury destinations.  Home to not only high-end living, Manzanillo is known as the “Sailfish Capital of the World” and offers world-class golf courses, numerous scenic excursions, surfing, shopping, and much more.

Your home away from home, named Casa De Sofia, features over 5,000 square feet of living space.  Located in a private gated community with 24/7 courtesy patrol, the home comes fully staffed with a personal chef, cleaning staff, and house manager.  The home features four king suites, all with private bathrooms and balconies, with breathtaking views of the ocean.  Each room has a television, along with complimentary Wi-Fi everywhere in the home to help you stay connected while in paradise.  Spend your day lounging by your very own private infinity pool, or relaxing at the private neighborhood beach and clubhouse with picturesque mountain views. You can also consult with your house manager to plan fun-filled days with activities such as deep sea fishing, golf, snorkeling, horseback riding, in-home massage, and more!

 Terms of Use: All stays are Saturday to Saturday and good for two years from date of auction. Airfare is not included.


Ever wondered what it’s like to be onstage in a costume, under the lights, hearing the orchestra and voices from the best place in the opera house? Here’s your chance to find out! Appear onstage in a walk-on role as a “supernumerary” – an onstage, non-singing role – in NC Opera’s upcoming performances of Puccini’s LA BOHÈME!  

The idea of “bohemian life” – that of young people in the city, living their lives, and freed from any constraints of tradition, family, religion (or money!) – has bewitched audiences from the beginning.  LA BOHÈME is the opera that won Puccini’s international reputation.  His gifts of characterization, atmosphere, and dramatic pacing were ideally suited to this already-popular story of young love in Paris.   At the premiere in 1896 the critics didn’t care for it, but the voice of the public soon overwhelmed them.  Whether it is the irresistible love of Mimì and Rodolfo, the good-natured quarrels of Marcello and Musetta, the witty repartee among the roommates, or the excitement of the Latin Quarter on Christmas Eve, every part of LA BOHÈME is a delight.

You can be part of this amazing opera, presented in the Triangle for the first time in eight years!

NOTE: You will be required to attend a certain number of rehearsals and to be present for both performances (Friday, Jan. 28, 2022 and Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022).

Opera Gala Silent Auction

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Explore the world in your handmade, one-of-a-kind Raleigh Denim pair of jeans.  TWO certificates available for bidding! 

You and 3 friends can take a guided walk through the forest and see lemurs free ranging and up close at the Duke Lemur Center!

Get in on the Axe-tion at Crazy Axe with this $100 gift certificate! 

A bladesmith’s masterfully crafted chef’s knife made with wood salvaged from the deck of the USS Battleship North Carolina.  Handmade by Nicholas Nichols as seen on Forged in Fire!

Celebrating a special occasion, or just ready for a night out on the town? Enjoy an amazing dinner at the Angus Barn with a $150 gift certificate (one of TWO). 

This pair of Allbird  Wool Runners are soft and itch-free on the inside, durable on the outside.  A remarkable shoe that’s soft, lightweight, breathable and fits your every move.

Kosta Boda quite literally reinvented the art and craft of Swedish glass in the early part of the 20th century.  These two beautiful collectible pieces are The Blue Man and Elephant.

Travel to the sweet southern town of Kinston, NC for a getaway that includes overnight at the Mother Earth Lodge; a gift certificate at Mother Earth Brewery; a $100 certificate to Chef & Farmer restaurant; and a copy of chef Vivian Howard’s Deep Run Roots cookbook.


Origin Hotel in downtown Raleigh offers an overnight stay in their boutique hotel plus a certificate towards food and drink onsite! 

Enjoy a round of golf for four, including carts,  at this popular 18-hole championship course in Raleigh.

Enjoy an overnight at the Dunhill Hotel, with a $100 gift certificate for dinner at the Asbury. 

Aptly named Sand Fence, this beautiful watercolor print by Tesh Parekh is 11×14 unframed, signed.

Justin Miller of Just Fur Kicks custom paints one-of-a-kind canvas Van shoes featuring YOUR pet.  

With a $250 gift certificate, you will see the difference with your own eyes at R. Jacobs Fine Hardware and Plumbing showroom, the premier location for luxury plumbing fixtures, hardware, and design.  

A two-night “beau-mance” fall-winter romantic getaway in the iconic Inlet Inn. Firelogs, wine and two “booty bars” included. Fireplaces are ready to complete a romantic getaway or celebration.

Enjoy a wonderful dinner at Moonrakers with a gift certificate of $75 to top off the weekend.

You choose the design and you’ll get one dozen of the most gorgeous and delicious cookies you’ve ever seen, from Mica’s Sweets & Treats! 

You’ll love this quietly elegant Davie short pendant necklace from Kendra Scott, set with a beautiful royal blue opal. 

Pamper yourself or a loved one with one of TWO  $100 gift certificates for aesthetic services from renowned physician Dr. Greg Ruff. 

Self-described orchid evangelist Catherine Merriman at Raleigh Orchid will help you pick the container and the perfect fresh, blooming orchid!

Two packages of 15 each, handmade cloth masks by NC Opera’s amazing costumer, Denise Schumaker.  One set is movie themed; the second is music-themed. 

Enjoy the beautiful sounds of classical guitar by noted Raleigh musician Edward Stephenson at your next home event with this $500 certificate! This is for a one-hour performance that is sure to thrill you and your friends.

Italian artist Nadia Bevegni works from her studio in Cary on the finest imported fabrics from artisans in her home country, making them into unique shawls and scarves like this one for our auction. 

Staycation alert! Enjoy a night’s lodging plus breakfast for two in the brand-new Durham AC Hotel Marriott! 

Handcrafted Italian Mosaic Sunflower Wall Plate 16″ Round, Vietri

A gorgeous shadow box by famed designer Mackenzie Childs, given to NCO by Bailey’s. 

Bailey’s presents a beautiful butterfly shadowbox by designer Mackenzie Childs. 


Enjoy the delicious bundt cake of your choice! TWO gift certificates from Nothing Bundt Cakes! 

A gift certificate of $200 to glamorous downtown Raleigh restaurant  Oak Steakhouse is a treat indeed! 

Maestro Curry

Enjoy a delicious dinner for six in a private home in Pittsboro, featuring a talk by Maestro William Henry Curry, conductor of NC Opera’s upcoming Sanctuary Road production. 

Triangle foodies know and love the Bloomsbury Bistro, which is offering a three-course dinner for six!

Popular downtown Raleigh boutique The Flourish Market offers a basket of goodies to thrill you or a friend! 

Enjoy a fabulous 3-night getaway in Charleston at the Grand Bohemian Hotel.  Arrive in style driving a Tesla Model Y.

Indulge yourself with this wonderful package of Noushi Chocolate – to live for.

Shop in style with a $100 gift certificate.

Enjoy a stylish polo shirt and trucker hat from Bald Head Blues.

One week of kids art camp for the budding artist in your family.  Ages K- 7th grade.  Two certificates offered.

Enjoy Southwestern fare at Cameron Village’s Cantina 18 with a $100 gift certificate.

Lladro, I’ve Got It, Boy with Baseball Mitt, from the Black Legacy Collection.  Porcelain figurine, retired.

Celebrate NCO’s production of The Magic Flute with two puzzles – one of the Vienna Opera House, one of the Flute onstage at the Met!

Who doesn’t love Siegfried – select T-Shirt sizes available.

Show your love of opera with a custom-designed T shirt! Available in several different sizes. 

Our favorite clown – Pagliacci – select sizes available

The Angus Barn is famous for its wine cellar. Now you can have four bottles of one of their favorites for yourself!  3 Lots of 4 bottles each available.

“The Carousel”, framed print of Pullen Park carousel by artist Allen Montague will bring back fond childhood memories.  Print #178/650 Signed.

A winning combo is this fine bottle of cabernet savignon from the Wine Merchant, and a $25 gift certificate to Sassool! 

Beautiful blue teapot pen and ink print by Krista White, 13 of 500 signed.

Fostoria House of Representatives Set of 6 Old Fashioned Glasses c. 1970. 

Fostoria House of Representatives Set of 8 Wine Glasses c. 1970

Enjoy a two-night getaway at the Residence Inn Wilmington/Landfall.  Restrictions apply.

Check out the trendy new AC Hotel Downtown Raleigh with a one night stay and a $100 gift certificate to the Willard.

Two fine bottles of Spottswoode cabernet to grace your table, donated by Jan Beresford. 

Singing man from The Barber of Seville

Provide a WIG for a singer in an opera — $75 each/5 available

Provide a COSTUME for a chorus member in an opera – $150 each/5 available 

Provide equipment for LIGHTING effects for the NC Opera! $250 each/5 available

Send NCO singers to a school in the area so students can learn more about opera – $500 each/5 available. 

Raleigh’s restaurant/gift shop extraordinaire at Five Points provides a $100 gift certificate! 

You and 5 guests can experience bourbon distilling firsthand as you craft a fine barrel of bourbon at Mystic Farm & Distillery! 

Wear your NC Opera T-shirt while you work this puzzle of Beethoven to celebrate Fidelio! 

These rare cabernet sauvignons will complement your finest dinner. Donated by Jan Beresford. 

Ooh la la! A plethora of puzzles to celebrate NC Opera’s upcoming production of La boheme! 

Learn about the Underground Railroad with this puzzle and study guide … great preparation for NCO ‘s upcoming production of Sanctuary Road. 

Lovely French style candelabra. Six arms, each with crystal like tear drops to glisten in the light and move with the air current from the candles. A beautiful addition to any decor.


Calling all beer lovers – Raleigh Beer Garden offers the world’s largest selection of draft beers available in one restaurant!

You’ll love this fabulous apparel gift set including a canvas jacket, duffel bag and t-shirts from Humbly Made!

You and 3 friends can enjoy a game from the comfort of the Bulls PNC Triangle Club.

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