Washington Opera Ball 2012

Chief Justice John Roberts with Swiss Ambassador Manuel Sager on the terrace of the ambassador’s residence. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

Alice Rubenstein with Barbara and Alan Rachlin. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

David Rubenstein makes a point. He’s a triple threat: chairman of the Board of the Kennedy Center, underwriter of the Washington National Opera, and co-founder of the Carlyle Group. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

Guillermo Schultz is managing director of SOL Capital Management.

Cathy Porter, Christine and Manuel Sager, and Marie Mattson, vice president of development at the Kennedy Center.

Guillermo Schultz looks over the dinner menu before taking his seat at the table. To the right are Chief Justice Roberts and Christine Sager, wife of the Ambassador of Switzerland.

WTOP’s Bob Kur talks with Barbara Rachlin.

The guests are seated for dinner at the residence of the Embassy of Switzerland. The menu included pappardelle with spring peas and veal tenderloin prepared with beans from the embassy’s vegetable garden.

Swiss ambassador Manuel Sager welcomes his guests. “I have not been touched by opera,” he said, but noted, “I will go deaf from my own shredding guitar leads.”

Black-tie dinner at the Swiss ambassador’s residence, and a view from the living room.

The stunning modern Swiss ambassador’s residence on Cathedral Avenue adjacent to the Maret School.

Guests arrive at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates for the Opera Ball.

At the Opera Ball, Ron and Beth Dozoretz, Abeer Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, and Adrienne Arsht.

Queen of the Opera Ball, chairwoman Adrienne Arsht. All her guests benefited from her sweet tooth.

While there was also a swing band, the music that greeted guests at the UAE was traditional.

With a tribal drum and in his white kandura, an Emirati man relaxes at the Opera Ball.

The French cultural attaché, Roland Celette.

A white chocolate box filled with more chocolates, just one piece of the extravaganza of sweets at the Opera Ball.

Wearing a traditional metal burqa over her face and jeweled abaya, an Emirati woman prepares kamfaroush, a traditional dish similar to a pancake, though more dense.

Chief of protocol Capricia Marshall gets her hand adorned with henna, a practice she knows well.

Adrienne Arsht and White House social secretary Jeremy Bernard.

Emirati men dance with one another to the sound of tribal drums.

Candy heiress and Kennedy Center supporter Jacqueline Mars.

Upon departure from the ball, guests help themselves to a buffet of malted milk balls and other candies.

Looking good. Former mayor Adrian Fenty and his wife, Michelle, at the Opera Ball.

Kenneth and Dede Feinberg with Susan and Bruce Eisen.

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