Updated: Nov 17, 2019
Wine and song go together so naturally that Opera Las Vegas is going to merrily serve up both, with Opera Uncorked on Saturday, 16 November at 6:30 pm in the Las Vegas Artists Guild Gallery in the Henderson Galleria Mall.
Galleria at Sunset Mall, upstairs next to Dillard's, Henderson NV
Patrons can expect to be treated to timeless tunes paired with exquisite wines, as OLV’s spirited songbirds and full-throated troubadors lead a musical toast with some of the most celebrated drinking songs in all of Operadom. Four of the best-loved Vegas vocalists also promise to regale attendees with a few more ‘sobering’ world-famous arias and duets that figure prominently on the opera hit parade.
The champagne-inspired, lilting score of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus will set off an effervescent line-up of selections to equally tickle the nose, the palate, and the ear. The ebullient waltz rhythms of Drink, Drink, Drink from Herbert’s The Student Prince are sure to inspire jovial singing and swaying. And the boisterous Little Brown Jug will no doubt cause the raising of glasses and imbibing of libations.
The heartfelt sentiments Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, the melancholy beauty of Drink With Me (Les Miserables), and the up tempo jocularity of The Night They Invented Champagne (Gigi) are but a few of the other tuneful delights in store. In additions to standards like You Go My Head, My Cup Runneth Over, and Love Potion No. 9, operatic hits will fill the air with Una furtiva lagrima (The Elixir of Love), My Dear Marquis (Die Fledermaus), Seguedille (Carmen) and the famous toasting duet, Libiamo (La Traviata).
Soprano Bonita Bunt is as well known for her stage direction of such hits as last season’s Hansel and Gretel, as for her singing roles in UNLV’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and OLV’s Opera With Class tour of Who’s Afraid of Opera? Mezzo-soprano Ashley Stone is fresh off a star turn with the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s recent A Very Vegas Showcase concert, and she will soon reprise her role as the Mother in Hansel and Gretel, which she first winningly performed last December.
Tenor Jorge Ortiz scored a big success in the role of Pablo Picasso in OLV’s West Coast premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s 27, and he is a favorite among the Venetian’s corps of solo singers who enliven life along “the canal.” Randal Keith made his OLV debut last season with Holiday on Broadway, but his resonant baritone has been on display in such Strip shows as Baz, Showstoppers, and The Phantom of the Opera.
The Las Vegas Arts Guild Gallery is a very inviting, convenient venue for Opera Uncorked, located next to Dillard’s on the second floor of the Galleria Mall. Since 1996, the Guild has been bringing talented artists and patrons together, raising the profile of the arts across the community. Brilliant local art on display by guild members will provide a classy and colorful backdrop for an evening of memorable tunes and tasty tippling, marked by a united inspiration and passion for creative expression.
Space is limited. Tickets at $30 for Opera Uncorked are available online at www.operalasvegas.com