“Laissez les bons temps rouler,” as they say. Kentucky Opera plans to do just that on February 3, 2018 as they celebrate Carnevale, their largest annual fundraiser. This year’s Mardi Gras theme is sure to intrigue with a delectable menu, delightful entertainment and a little bit of masked mystery. You can always count on a Kentucky Opera event for the best brand of dramatics so we spoke with Laura Goodman, Manager of Special Events for Kentucky Opera, to prepare us for what is in store.

What can get guests expect from this year’s Carnevale?

Photo by Tim Valentino

This year’s Carnevale, held at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, will make you feel as if you are walking the streets of New Orleans with a marvelous Mardi Gras flair! Guests can expect a feast for the senses with tons of color, lights, fashion and, of course, opera! In addition to the Mardi Gras madness, Carnevale 2018 will feature both a live and silent auction, as well as the Davis Jewelers Raffle, where a lucky winner will choose from one of three amazing collections from the Official Fine Jeweler of Kentucky Opera!

How has the event evolved over the years?

Carnevale originally started as a wine auction. Over the years, it has been Kentucky Opera’s goal to transform the event into the community’s premier black tie gala with over-the-top entertainment, spectacular auction items, gourmet dining and unique experiences, all while showcasing the versatility of our art form and raising money for the organization.

How do the funds raised at Carnevale benefit the Opera and the community at large?

Carnevale is Kentucky Opera’s signature event. The funds raised help support Kentucky Opera’s year-long community and educational programming.

Are there any sponsors we should thank for their generous support?

Kentucky Opera’s Carnevale would not be possible without the support of our season sponsor Brown-Forman, as well as Cellar Door Chocolates, Gist Piano, The Event Company, In Bloom Again; Carnevale Cocktail Sponsor LG&E & KU Energy; and Carnevale Corporate Sponsors: PNC Bank, Riverpoint Capital Management, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Commonwealth Bank and Trust, Bluegrass Motorsport and Kindred Healthcare and Entertainment Sponsor Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP.

How can guests purchase tickets?

Tickets are available through the Kentucky Opera website at Davis Jewelers raffle tickets can also be purchased online at The winner need not be present to win.

Any final thoughts on Carnevale?

Carnevale is Kentucky Opera’s annual black tie gala. We hope that you will join us for this elegant evening that includes fabulous company, food and spirits. As you are planning your MUST ATTEND events of 2018, Carnevale should be at the top of your list. Take a stroll down bourbon street, browse the silent action, engage with our grand live auction and then dance the night away to live music. Bring a friend or a table of friends. P.S. Don’t forget your mask. VT


Saturday, February 3

6 p.m.

Louisville Marriott Downtown