Waltz into winter this Saturday, courtesy of Cincinnati Opera’s annual Opera Ball, “An Evening Under the Tsars,” a Russian-themed gala inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, scheduled for July 2011. The annual fundraiser is always a lavish extravaganza and this year, the festivities move to the Netherland Plaza’s iconic Hall of Mirrors, transformed into the royal cold-weather residence known as the Winter Palace. Orchids executive chef Todd Kelly oversees the menu that will undoubtedly include caviar, blini and iced Stoli
The after-party kicks in at 10:30 p.m. with DJ Thad on the turntables for dancing until 2 a.m.� Join in the live auction or go online to bid on goodies ranging from Notre Dame football tickets to gorgeous bling: http://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/AuctionHome.action?auctionId=117926665. It’s the perfect opportunity to dust off that tiara and grandpa’s war medals. The evening’s honorees are longtime opera supporters Dr. Robert and Suzanne Hasl and Dr. William and Jo Selnik.
Cocktails, 6:30 p.m.; dinner and entertainment, 8:00p.m.; after-party with DJ Thad, 10:30. Tickets are $250 for Gala; $30 (advance) for after-party or $35 at the door.� Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, 35 West Fifth St., Downtown. Go here for event and venue details.