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Syracuse Opera Presents "Bella Notte: An Evening of Food, Fun & Music Making"
featuring Nathaniel Peake & Douglas Kinney Frost

May 23, 2011

Syracuse Opera

Catherine Wolff

General & Artistic Director


Syracuse Opera Presents
"Bella Notte: An Evening of Food, Fun & Music Making"

(5/23/2011 - Syracuse, NY) - On Thursday, June the 2, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. Syracuse Opera will transform a part of downtown Syracuse into an Italian street scene.

In the "piazza" between the State Tower Building and City Hall Commons communal tables will seat Opera donors that will be treated to a four course Italian meal complete with Italian wines and liquor. In traditional Italian fashion the Opera will serve dinner accompanied by strolling musicians and select Italian wines.

The tuscan feast will be served family style beginning with platters of cured Italian meats and cheeses, marinated olives, tapenades, and rustic breads, followed by tuscan mussels, shrimp scampi, and fresh pasta reggiano. The main feast will consist of porchetta, slow roasted pork with natural jus, grilled beef tenderloin florentine, chicken balsamico, grilled onions, eggplant, portobellos, and peppers. Then, lemon vinaigrette dressed radicchio and arugula. Dinner will finish with strawberry mascarpone trifle. Catering will be provided by Karen's Catering.

At the end of the meal diners will be treated to an extraordinary recital of Italian arias performed by tenor Nathaniel Peake with accompaniment by Douglas Kinney Frost. Mr. Peake was a resident artist with the Syracuse Opera and since departing has become one of the opera's rising young stars.

Come and enjoy a memorable evening of food, refreshment and music under the stars (weather permitting). The cost of the dinner and recital is $150 per person with proceeds benefiting the Syracuse opera. For tickets, contact Syracuse Opera at 315-475-5915.



Joe Stabb
Director of Communication
O: (315) 475-5915
C: (315) 886-9544


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Now in its 36th year, Syracuse Opera enriches the lives of the people of upstate New York through locally produced opera, the one all-inclusive art form that celebrates the beauty of the human singing voice energized through the spectacle of live theater. Offering three mainstage productions each season and year-round community performances and education programs, Syracuse Opera is a professional company reaching over 60,000 people annually. For more information, please visit www.SyracuseOpera.com or call (315) 475-5915.

Syracuse Opera productions are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; a state grant secured by Senator John A. DeFrancisco; and, through a grant from the Trust for Cultural Resources of the County of Onondaga.

Syracuse Opera is a member of OPERA America, the Arts & Culture Leadership Alliance of CNY, and the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association.

Michael A. Connor
Director of Advancement