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Event: Try a Taste of Opera this Sunday

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A light introduction to opera is taking place from 4 to 7 pm this Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Exposition Center. The Asheville Lyric Opera is holding their annual fundraising event, A Taste of Opera, to support their 2013 programs and future operas. During this gala event guests will enjoy visiting with their friends, as they fill a plate with gourmet dishes, delicate chocolates and sip some delectable wine. The large exposition hall will house exhibitions of a variety of artists from Asheville’s River Art District and outlying areas. Oil paintings, ceramic makers, jewelry makers, weavers, and photographers will all be exhibiting their creations.

An hour of uplifting music with solos and duets accompanied by piano will take place from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Future leads of this year’s opera productions will be featured singers. In addition the Opera Guild scholarship recipients will be celebrated from the top area universities.

The exposition hall will be filled with booths from well recognized restaurants around town, such as The Black Bird, Chef Mo’s, Chestnut, Double Tree Catering, Pozanas. The Red Stag Grill, Table, and Vincenzos. Wine sampling will be provided by Santé, Sour Grapes, and NC Wine Gifts, and delicious chocolates from Kilwins, Amy’s Handmade Truffles, and The Chocolate Lab. The artists featured are Artetude Gallery, Karen Keil Brown, Jennifer Goff, Judy Levine, Austen Mikulka, Patricia L. Phillips, Holly de Saillan, Ralston Fox Smith, Viola Spells, Mary Webster. Tickets range from$50 to $75 and can be purchased online at www.ashevillelyric.org or by calling the opera office at 828 236-0670.

On March 3rd the Asheville Lyric Opera under the general and artistic direction of David Starkey is bringing Lawrence Brownlee to Asheville for a recital at the Diana Wortham Theater. This renowned tenor has received worldwide acclaim for his many Rossini opera roles. He has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Vienna State Opera and Lincoln Center. In May, 2010, Brownlee performed a concert with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves for the Supreme Court justices. The Asheville recital will be followed by a dinner with the artist at the Grove Park Hotel to help celebrate their 100th anniversary. Be sure to make reservations early for this amazing event.

On April 12 and 13th the Asheville Lyric Opera is bringing a production of Puccini’s Tosca to the Diana Wortham Theatre. This heart-wrenching opera of love and loss is filled with magnificent Puccini arias that linger with you. Nationally acclaimed Kathy Pyeatt is the soprano lead in her role as Tosca; and Stephen Mark Brown, tenor, will perform Caravadossi. For tickets to both of these performances, call the Diana Wortham Theater at 828 257-4530 or go to the website at www.dwtheatre.com.

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