On SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18 at 5:30 STELLINA begins the fourth year of our SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE OPERA series with an evening devoted to celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of the most famous playwright in history, William Shakespeare.

This evening promises to be one of the musically richest and most fascinating that we have ever presented, Not only are there over 200 operas and oratorios based on Shakespeare’s plays, but there are also innumerable popular works, including a number of Broadway and West End musicals. Shakespeare’s influence extends even further, with composers as different in style as Purcell and Berlioz finding inspiration in his rhymes, poetry and characters.
The singers and musicians of Boston-based Opera-On-Tap (operaontap.org/Boston) are preparing an adventurous program drawing from all of these sources. From the Baroque period to Bernstein’s West Side Story, from the scintillating coloratura of Gounod’s Juliet to the demonic snarl of Verdi’s Iago, from the high spirits of Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream to the Elizabethan hijinks and slapstick of Verdi’s Falstaff.

 

Taking our cue from Duke Orsino’s quote from Twelfth Night (above) the evening will combine, as always, three sets of music interspersed with three courses of Regional Italian cuisine. It will be the height of the harvest season, so look for a menu featuring locally grown vegetables, fresh pasta, local mushrooms, organic cheeses and our own homemade breads and dessert. As usual the dinner will be served family-style. Stellina’s complete wine, liquor and beverage menu will be available.

Cost for Sunday Night at the Opera is $49 per person, including all food and entertainment. Reservations are required. Call 617-924-9475 or go to the reservation page of this website.

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