May 23, 2022

MSM Gala 2022: Celebrating Manhattan School of Music at the Rainbow Room

Nearly 230 guests from across the globe gathered for Manhattan School of Music’s first in-person gala for the School in three years on May 18, 2022, raising more than $540,000.

The evening at the Rainbow Room on the 65th floor of the Rockefeller Center was a joyous celebration of the MSM Community. The event honored MSM Trustee Emerita and International Advisory Board Chair Carla Bossi-Comelli (HonDMA ’20) and saluted the 30th anniversary of the School’s prestigious Orchestral Performance Program (OPP).

Hosted by three-time Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano and Metropolitan Opera star Isabel Leonard (HonDMA ’21), an alumna of MSM’s Precollege and a recently appointed member of MSM’s Vocal Arts faculty, the gala featured performances by distinguished OPP faculty and alumni from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera Orchestra, Harlem String Quartet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic.

The evening culminated in a performance of Carla Bossi-Comelli’s favorite aria “Un bel dì” from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, performed by the 2022 winner of Manhattan School of Music’s prestigious Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition, Jouelle Roberson (MM ’21, PS ’22), accompanied by Met Opera Director of Music Administration Thomas Lausmann (PS ’00), who recently joined the MSM Collaborative Piano faculty.

The event was MSM’s first in-person gala in three years, as the 2020 and 2021 events took place virtually. Guests included MSM trustees, International Advisory Board members, alumni, and other friends. The more-than $530,000 raised for the School made the event MSM’s highest grossing gala in the past 15 years (after the 2019 Centennial Gala).

SLIDESHOW: From left to right: Host and MSM faculty member mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (HonDMA ’21), gala honoree MSM Trustee Emerita Carla Bossi-Comelli, MSM Board of Trustees Chair Lorraine Gallard, and MSM President James Gandre.

2022 Annual Gala honoree, MSM Trustee Emerita, and International Advisory Board Chair Carla Bossi-Comelli (HonDMA '20).

From left to right: Violinist and new MSM faculty member Ilmar Gavilán (MM '00), on left, is joined by MSM alumni Jeremias Sergiani-Velazquez (PS '17), Xiaoxuan Shi (MM '22), and Julia Choi (PS '17).

Puccini’s “Un bel dì” from Madama Butterfly was performed by Jouelle Roberson (MM ’21, PS ’22), the 2022 winner of MSM's prestigious Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition at MSM.

From left to right: MSM President James Gandre, So-Chung Shinn Lee (MM ’19, PS ‘21) and Annora Lee.

From left to right: Angelika Baronin von Kempski-Rakoszyn, International Advisory Board Member Chiona Xanthopoulou-Schwarz, President James Gandre, Korinna von Kempski-Rakoszyn, and Heidi Gutbrodt.

Ambassador Philip Reeker and Carla Bossi-Comelli (HonDMA '20).

From left to right: Daisy Soros, Marco Pecori, and Carla Bossi-Comelli (HonDMA '20).

Met Opera star and Gala Host Isabel Leonard (MSM Precollege alumna; MSM Honorary Doctorate recipient in 2021; and recently appointed MSM Vocal Arts faculty member).

From left to right: Michele Wright, MSM Board of Trustees member Edward Lowenthal, Caitlin Anto, Jennifer Anto, and Chris Anto.

Isabel Leonard (HonDMA '21) and MSM President James Gandre.

From left to right: Carla Bossi-Comelli, Ambassador Markus Börlin, MSM Vice President for Advancement Susan Madden, and Adrienne Vittadini.