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Opera Entertainment - Opera Gala Dinner, Royal Tunbridge Wells

23rd Apr 2012

There have been lots of fantastic events to report already this year at Opera Bespoke HQ with our singing waiters performing for Spire Healthcare, the second largest private healthcare provider in the UK, and our collaboration with Wonderland Magazine featuring Vivienne Westwood’s Red Carpet Collection. This week we are delighted to announce that earlier this month we were asked to provide opera entertainment for a sophisticated opera gala dinner at an exclusive restaurant in Royal Tunbridge Wells.
You could feel the excitement back stage as the guests took to their seats for this sell out evening of fine dining matched with world class opera entertainment. A perfect combination which would offer guests a unique experience and a night to remember forever. We created a programme of opera to suit both opera buffs and those new to this wonderful art form. The gourmet meal accompanied by matching fine wines was interspersed with segments of opera. In between each sumptuous course, guests were entertained by world class performances of the greatest arias to grace the world’s opera stages, including La Donna E Mobile from Verdi’s Rigoletto, Nessun Dorma from Puccini’s Turandot, and Addio Fiorito Asil from Puccini’s Madam Butterfly.
Before each aria guests were provided with a short but insightful and entertaining commentary on the aria itself and its background. Did you know for example that O Sole Mio is often referred to as a Neapolitan song and that Neapolitan songs were songs written for an annual song writing contest for the Festival of Piedigrotta, which began in 1830 in Naples, Italy. O Sole Mio was composed by Eduardo Di Capua in Odessa, Italy, during April 1898. Setting his music to the poem by Giovanni Capurro, Di Capua drew his inspiration while touring Crimea with his father, a violinist street musician. The interesting commentary set the scene for the incredible performance which followed.
It was a wonderful evening which brought a standing ovation from the delighted guests who had experienced a sumptuous meal and first class opera entertainment performed especially for them as if they were VIPs at the Royal Opera House.