SUNDAY NOVEMBER 15 at 5:30 SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE OPERA “AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 OPERAS!”
On Sunday Nov. 15 at 5:30, Sunday Night At the Opera travels to faraway lands with a program entitled AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS!. It’s a musical excursion around the world, where many of our most famous operas and musicals have been dramatically set.
Two of Puccini’s most popular pieces, Madama Butterfly and Turandot, were set in Japan and China. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, Lehar’s Land of Smiles, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers and Deliber’s Lakme are just a few of the world famous stagings placed in exotic locales.
From Broadway there’s The Desert Song, Chess, The King and I, Miss Saigon and many more. European classical composers were fascinated with “The Orient”, which resulted in such gems as Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, Saint Saens’ Samson and Delilah and Verdi’s Aida.
As always the musical program will be presented by the singers of Boston’s Opera-On-Tap, led by one of their resident Divas, Mezzo Soprano Gina Razon. This is their third year performing at Stellina and every evening has been a triumph.
OOT’s resident Diva, Mezzo Gina Razon, returns after a brief absence to direct a cast that includes veteran baritone Justin Hicks and pianist Sally VanderPloeg. We are excitedly awaiting the debuts of two newcomers: soprano Christie Lee Gibson and tenor Gabriel Pang.
Selections will include the breathtakingly beautiful soprano-mezzo Flower Duet from Delibes’ Lakme (India) and the famous tenor-baritone duet “Au fond du temple saint” from Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers (Ceylon).
Gabriel will regale us with three legendary tenor arias: “O Paradis” from L’Africaine” (Madagascar), “Dein ist mein ganzes herz” from Land of Smiles (China) and the ever-popular “Che gelida manina” from La Boheme (France). Gina journeys to Persia with Bizet’s “Adieu de l’hotesse Arabe” while Justin plays Emile DeBecque from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific.
In addition we’ll hear arias and songs by Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, Gilbert and Sullivan, Mozart, Berlioz, Bernstein and others.
In addition to three sets of classical and popular vocal music, we will serve a sumptuous three-course dinner designed around the theme of the evening. We’ll start with a Roasted Squash Soup seasoned with hints of fresh ginger and Indian curry.
For our main course we’ll spin a web with three contrasting entrees. Roasted Korean Pork with aromatic Kolbe dipping sauce. Chinese Noodles sauteed with Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms. And Shrimp and Mussels lightly steamed with fresh Thai Basil and Jasmine Rice.For dessert a refreshing scoop of Coconut Ice Cream garnished with fresh mango slices and mint.
Sunday Night at the Opera is $49 per person. http://www.stellinarestaurant.com/nov-15-opera-night/ http://www.stellinarestaurant.com/nov-15-opera-night/Reservations are required. Call 6170924-9475 or go to our reservation page.