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HGO Yo-Pros Party With Compass and CityBook at C. Baldwin!

  • Madelyn Wilson, Rachel Woods, Jill Davis, Itzel Garcia, Angelica Ramirez, Adrian Hernandez
    Madelyn Wilson, Rachel Woods, Jill Davis, Itzel Garcia, Angelica Ramirez, Adrian Hernandez
  • Caira Osby, Joseph Ronquillo, Yoon Smith
    Caira Osby, Joseph Ronquillo, Yoon Smith
  • Jeffrey Yats, Justin Estes, Alexis Caruselle, Kirby Lodholtz, David Lodholtz
    Jeffrey Yats, Justin Estes, Alexis Caruselle, Kirby Lodholtz, David Lodholtz
  • The scene at C. Baldwin
    The scene at C. Baldwin
  • Brandon Bourque, Joel Rottier, Derrick Shore, Jeff Gremillion
    Brandon Bourque, Joel Rottier, Derrick Shore, Jeff Gremillion
  • Kelli Hudnall, Daniela Garcia, Carla Gutierrez
    Kelli Hudnall, Daniela Garcia, Carla Gutierrez
  • Nicholas Berkley-Gough, Emily Sitton
    Nicholas Berkley-Gough, Emily Sitton
  • Rachel Woods, Jill Davis, Madelyn Wilson, Adrian Hernandez
    Rachel Woods, Jill Davis, Madelyn Wilson, Adrian Hernandez
  • Wendi Francis, Gwen Bradford, Joseph Ronquillo, Caira Osby
    Wendi Francis, Gwen Bradford, Joseph Ronquillo, Caira Osby
Downtown’s C. Baldwin hotel is cementing its place as the season’s see-and-be scene. Just a few days after hosting a raucous grand-opening bash — complete with performances by Gloria Gaynor and Houston’s own The Suffers — the party place threw open its doors once more for Houston Grand Opera.

HGO’s young professionals group, Opening Nights, presented by Houston Methodist, toasted the company’s new season at a cocktail soiree sponsored by CityBook with event partner Compass. More than 100 culturally engaged and chatty partygoers, dressed to thrill per the organization’s fashion-forward rep, mingled about the first-floor lobby area, gathering under a showstopping chandelier hanging near the bar to take in the urbane patio views offered by a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. The baritone voice of opera star and HGO Studio alumnus Federico De Michelis, accompanied by pianist Patrick Harvey, floated through the open room during a moving performance.

Celeb chef Chris Cosentino and company had fun dreaming up a fab menu — including the already-famous wood-fired pizza — and a specialty cocktail called The Magic Flute, inspired by HGO’s Spring 2020 production of the same name. Other highlights included a first glimpse of Cosentino’s brand-new Italian restaurant Rosalie on the C. Baldwin premises, and a sneak peek of the hotel’s forthcoming Sloan/Hall boutique.