30th Anniversary Gala
Masquerade Ball

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Our Host -
Vanessa Bousay

Celebrate Festival Opera’s 30th Anniversary Season with a sparkling evening of entertainment, costumes, music, food, and dancing! Set in the Lafayette Park Hotel’s gorgeous chateau courtyard and ballroom, our Masquerade Ball is sure to be a night full of spectacle for you and your friends.

Immerse yourself in music by Festival Opera artists, and mingle with special guests while supporting Festival Opera’s 2022 summer season, educational programming and digital content!

No Festival Opera gala would be complete without a chance to bid on live & silent auction items including incredible experiences and unique pieces to commemorate the evening. Fabulous costumes or Black-Tie encouraged!

Friday, October 22nd, 2021 at 6:30 PM 

Lafayette Park Hotel

3287 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA


Dinner Seating

Table of 10: $2,500 | Individual $250


Cocktails, Wine, Hors d’oeuvres

Group of 4: $450 | Individual $125

All guests will enjoy hosted wine & cocktails, entertainment, dancing, and live & silent auctions!

* Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required for all guests, and proof of vaccination will be required of each guest upon check-in. Please bring proof of vaccination to the event. Mask requirements will be updated to reflect current Contra Costa County masking mandates.


Vanessa Bousay is a talented songstress specializing in Broadway show tunes and classic American standards. Hailed by the Bay Area Reporter as “The Chanteuse of The Barbary Coast”, Vanessa Bousay is created by proud San Franciscan and classically trained baritone, Erik Chalfant. Mr. Chalfant was a private student of the esteemed American operatic soprano, Phyllis Curtin. His characterization of the glamorous Vanessa Bousay is a loving tribute to his teacher, mentor and friend.


Mr. Chalfant holds the Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Boston University College of Fine Arts and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance and French Literature from Olivet Nazarene University. He is an alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA, The Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh, England and the Gregynog Music Festival, in Tregynon, Wales.

In July 2014, Vanessa Bousay made local history by becoming the first drag artist to appear at San Francisco Opera’s “Opera Night at The Ballpark”, singing the national anthem live before an audience of 30,000 opera fans at AT&T Park. Subsequently, Ms. Bousay has appeared at The Sydney Goldstein (Nourse) Theater with the San Francisco Civic Symphony Orchestra, Feinstein’s at The Nikko, Yoshi’s, Oasis, with Society Cabaret at Hotel Rex and monthly at Martuni’s Piano Lounge.

Special Appearances by - 
Adrienne Shamszad
vocalist & songwriter
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Taylor Thompson
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Lila Khazoum
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Bryan Nies
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Our Venue -
Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa
Lafayette Park Hotel
Lafayette Park Hotel

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Lafayette Park Ballroom
Lafayette Park Ballroom

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Lafayette Park Hotel
Lafayette Park Hotel

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