Find out what it is like first hand to be on stage by saying yes for Opera Australia‘s latest fundraising event, Dinner on the Stage at the Arts Centre Melbourne. This will happen during the season of composer Gaetano Donizetti’s great romp, Don Pasquale, part of Opera Australia’s Spring Summer Program.
It’s part of a tradition when, during the 18th century, they would often hold great musical ‘Féte’s on stage at the opera. A musical fête was given by Cardinal de la Rochefoucauld, 15 July 1747 in honour of the marriage of the Dauphin of France was a ‘stage’ event at the Theatre Argentina, Roma.
Sitting on the stage and looking out into the magnificent State Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne auditorium, guests will be surrounded by the set, which is an Italian street scene. Italian cuisine will be prepared by Rosa Mitchell from Rosa’s Canteen for guests to enjoy an enriching opera experience, Members of the Young Artists program at Opera Australia including Natalie Aroyan and Jonathan Abernethy, will sing glorious serenades all night. Sounds like a recipe for fun and fabulous!
Opera Australia’s Director Corporate Partnerships Helen Hall noted “…the arts is in a unique position to access resources’ to provide an experience guests will not enjoy anywhere else.
Musical highlights will include many famous arias, including the sublimely exquisite ‘Un bel di’ one beautiful day from Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) who killed herself for love. Puccini has been called the greatest composer of Italian opera ‘after Verdi’ as his works were developed in the true realistic style, rather than in some romantic haze.
Make a booking and enjoy a creative encounter of the very best kind while supporting Opera Australia in the process. Enjoy an Italian feast and Operatic serenade – Bookings & Enquiries or 03 9685 3781