Women’s Guild

Founded in 1947, the Women’s Guild promotes and fosters understanding of opera, cooperating with New Orleans Opera through active fundraising, opera advocacy, and custodial care of the Opera Guild Home. With over 350 members, the Women’s Guild ensures that the gift of opera remains an integral part of New Orleans culture.



Membership is open to women ages 21 and above who have an interest in supporting New Orleans Opera through fundraising, special events, and program support. Make new friends and help connect diverse community members through the joy of opera! Please email the Membership VP to receive an application. Membership dues are $50 per year and include:


Please email the  Membership VP to receive an application for membership. Membership dues are $50 per year and include:


  • Attendance at the General Fall Meeting and Past President’s Reception
  • Attendance at the Eggnog Party and Holiday Boutique
  • Attendance at the Annual meeting and luncheon


2017-2018 Fundraising Events



This year’s Opera Ball is Revelry on the River! Join us on October 21 and support our focus program for the 75th anniversary season: Nurturing Young Talent! Tickets on sale in August, 2017.

  • Saturday, October 21
  • Westin Canal Place
  • 6-10pm


The Mad Hatter’s Luncheon will take place on March 8, 2018. Join us as we celebrate Terence Blanchard’s opera Champion: Opera in Jazz! Tickets on sale in October 2017



Follow the Women’s Guild on Facebook to learn more.



Women’s Guild Officers



Mrs. Alvin A. Baumer, Jr. (Penny)


Administrative VP

Mrs. Charles A. Blanque  (Virginia)


Education VPs

Ms. Linda Ibert

Mrs. David E. Ferg (Kate)


Fundraising VP

Ms. Karen T. Villavaso


Guild Home Reservations VP

Ms. Ann R. Duffy


Home VP

Mrs. Thomas C. Klekamp (Stephanie)


Membership VP

Mrs. Patrick D. Breeden (Margie)


Social VP

Mrs. Kearny Robert (Kathleen)


Recording Secretary

Mrs. James T. Rogers (Pamela)


Corresponding Secretary

Mrs. Charles Killion (Valerie)


Financial Secretary

Dr. Jane Cagan Miller



Ms. Sonya Moore


Special Advisors

Mrs. Betty Brooks Doss



Mrs. K. Nickolas III (Amy Cioll)



Ms. Ashley Pradel


Immediate Past President

Mrs. Patrick Dowling (Betsy)


New Orleans Opera Staff Liaison

Dr. Stella Baty Landis (Baty), Director of External Affairs