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The Wichita Grand Opera Champagne Ball

the Annual Opera Ball, 2017

Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 6:00pm
Hyatt Regency Wichita

400 W. Waterman, Wichita, KS 67202


          According to the makers of Le Grande Courtage, “A Party without Champagne is just a Meeting.” And on May 6th, WGO will follow that very sentiment as we will toast the town, with THE WICHITA GRAND OPERA CHAMPAGNE BALL, THE ONLY Social Event or Opera Ball of it's kind in the state of Kansas.

          Sip on the signature bubbly as you revel in the evening’s festivities; delight in a three-course dinner complete with champagne flair; fall in love with Guest of Honor, Wichita's own Chris Mann, as he serenades those in attendance with selections as The Phantom from Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera," a part he made famous with 700 performances nationwide; 
bid on luxury live auction items and take your chance with the radiant raffle; and dance the night away to the tunes of the spectacular Matt Johnston and Co. returning by popular demand.

Click HERE to peruse our Live Auction Catalog!

          As Napoleon Bonaparte once famously said, “In victory, you deserve champagne. In defeat, you NEED it!” And our Champagne Opera Ball committee is taking that to heart. Under the leadership of Committee Chairs Georges and Jocelyne Ausseil and Honorary Chairs Tony Caputo and LewJene Schneider and an enthusiastic and energetic ball committee pulled together from all walks of life already hard at work, Champagne! will be a treat for all in attendance.

          Perhaps Mark Twain said it best when he exclaimed “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is JUST RIGHT.” May 6th will be a night to remember, but be sure to wear your dancing shoes and prepare to see and be seen.


Invitations and tickets to The Wichita Grand Opera Champagne Ball are available through

WGO’s Box Office at (316) 262-8054, or online at SelectASeat.com.

Individual tickets are $200 per person ($140 of which is tax-deductible)
A Table of TEN is $1,500 ($900 of which is tax-deductible)

Wichita Grand Opera is a 501.c.3 non-profit corporation.

Exclusive Extras for the Champagne Opera Ball

In addition to the Live Auction and the raffle,
there are many extras available for the ball, Including:


As you prepare to toast the town, don’t forget to make it an extra special night for yourself or that “someone special.” For $50, Kim Nelson and her team from Chanel at Von Maur will style your makeup on the day of the Ball, to make sure your look really “pops”!

While free Red and White Wines and a signature champagne will be available, why not make the evening a little more “extra special” with exclusive champagnes directly from France.

For an additional donation of $75,
the Hyatt will bring a bottle of
NV Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Cuvee
directly to your table.

A classic Champagne produced in the
traditional method featuring aromas of pear,
apple and almonds. Rich and creamy with
spice notes of fruit cake, lemon and honey.
Citrusy acidity offers a crisp elegant finish.
-- Ratings: Wine Advocate 92 of 100

For an additional donation of $50,
the Hyatt will bring a bottle of
NV Leclerc Briant Brut Reserve
directly to your table.


70% Pinot, 30% Chardonnay produced in the
traditional method. Aromas of buttered toast,
green apple, kiwi and citrus lead to a fresh,
crisp concentrated finish.
-- Ratings: Wine Spectator 92 of 100


Supplies and appointments are limited, so Don’t Delay!

To purchase your exclusive extras, fill out the
WGO Champagne Opera Ball Order/Donation form today!

Special Guest of Honor: Chris Mann

Wichita-native Chris Mann is hailed by critics as “The Best Phantom
since Michael Crawford!” After
700 performances in Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of “The Phantom of the Opera,” Wichita Grand Opera invites you to join us as Christ Mann returns home to Wichita as the Guest of Honor for the Champagne Opera Ball, May 6th

- BroadwayWorld.com

Mann rose to fame as Christina Aguilera’s finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2012. Since then, his albums “Roads” and “Constellation” topped the Billboard charts, and he has starred in two of his own PBS Television specials.

“A Bona Fide Breakout Star!”
- Yahoo! Music

Chris has performed with the National Symphony for the President of the United States, at Christmas in Rockefeller Center, and on television shows including the “Ellen Degeneres Show,” “The Today Show,” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and as an original member of “The Warblers” on the hit TV show, “Glee.”


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