The AT&T Performing Arts District’s Aurora shone like the brightest birth of a star. It took place this past weekend just before one of its most generous benefactors went dark. Margot Winspear, who along with her late husband Bill Winspear, helped create the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, died at the age of 83.
Despite Bill’s death in 2007, Margot and her family continued to more than provide funding for The Dallas Opera. They were front and center to show their support.
Though her active involvement in The Dallas Opera was limited in recent years, her love and support of the Dallas Opera was carried on by her son Don Winspear, who along with his wife Ellen Winspear, is co-chairing this year’s First Sight First Night.
One of Margot’s last public appearances was at the 2012 Juanita and Henry S. Miller Founders Luncheon, where the past recipients were honored.
It is because of Margot’s and Bill’s commitment to The Dallas Opera that the operatic organization has been able to institute innovative programs that will allow the beauty of long ago masterpieces to thrive and new projects to be born.
Our condolences to Don, Ellen and the entire Winspear family and its countless friends.