The Party: The Washington National Opera’s Mid-Winter Fiesta at the Mexican Cultural Institute featured salsa dancing, an array of Mexican delicacies, a seven-piece mariachi band and indoor mercado of auction items. The People: The south-of-the-border soirée was hosted by His Excellency, the Ambassador of Mexico, Arturo Sarukhan, and his wife, Veronica Valencia-Sarukhan. Alison Bibee and Jessica Melugin of WNO’s woman’s committee co-chaired the evening. Best in Show: Over 300 guests attended this sold-out fundraising fiesta, making this mid-winter gala one of the WNO’s most successful events this season.
Photography by Russell Hirshon for Washington National Opera