The Washington National Opera Ball


Location: The German Embassy Residence


WILLKOMEN: How charming to see an imposing diplomatic redoubt transformed into a Cabaret-style fantasy world with surreal characters from Wagner and Mozart operas greeting guests amid noted event designer Sandi Hoffman’s dramatic backdrop of a replica of the Berlin Wall (gone lo these 20 years). “VALHALA” PLEAS URES : After dinner at 25 embassies, patrons converged upon the high-atop-Georgetown promontory to dance in a special pavilion, enjoy the views, and indulge in specialty cocktails and sumptuous seafood, cheese, and dessert buffets. Others repaired to the basement’s “Berlin Bar” to hear belt out and favorites.

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