Tastes of Italy:
An Italian dinner at the Opera

This event is presented in association with:

The Italian Consulate of Perth


West Australian Opera
Thursday 24th November 2016
at 6.15 pm
Puccini Room - His Majesty's Theatre

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Tastes of Italy

An Italian dinner at the Opera

Thursday 24th November 2016
Wesfarmers Puccini Room,
Level 3 His Majesty’s Theatre

Enjoy a full immersion in Italian culture through a fine selection of Italian music, food and culture.

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Italian Canapè includes..

A fine selection of fingerfood

A glass of wine

Coffee or tea

Tastes of Italy
An Italian Dinner at the Opera
On the occasion of the International Week of the Italian Cuisine, the Consulate of Italy and West Australia Opera are proud to present an evening of operatic flavours perfectly paired with the magnificent Italian cuisine.
Our guests will savour exquisite Italian finger food and enjoy an enchanting evening with great opera performances by the singers of the West Australia Opera company.

Tickets: $100
The ticket includes Italian canapé, talk and live performance.
Italian Opera and Food Around the World
Getting ready for “An Italian Dinner at the Opera”, on the 24th November 2016 at His Majesty's with West Australian Opera ? Check this amazing exhibition organised by La Scala Theatre in Milan in 2015 to celebrate the deep connection between Italian Opera and Food ..
"Già la mensa è preparata" is a unique exhibition organised by La Scala in Milan in 2015 to celebrate the importance of food in Italian Opera. " Già la mensa è preparata " is a quotation from Don Giovanni, an opera that is memorable for one of the most dreadful operatic (and non operatic) dinners ever!
A stunning dinner table prepared for Rossini 's La Cenerentola . This performance was staged at La SCala, Milan, in 1973. This version has also been turned into a movie directed by Ponnelle.
Courtesy of La Scala Opera House, MIlan, Italy
We will take you through a unique journey. You will discover how food and opera are deeply intertwined. In Italian operas gastronomical sings can add to the complexity of the opera on stage and can help you understand the meaning of the words.

Don Giovanni (Mozart, 1787)

La Cenerentola (Rossini, 1817)

Macbeth (Verdi 1847)

La Traviata (Verdi 1853)

Tosca (Puccini 1900)

A taste of puccini : a series of events based on italian food and music.
Courses of Italian through opera libretto s for all levels of ability

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a taste of puccini


Every night we will take you through a journey to discover Puccini's masterpieces, while savouring Tuscan delicacies and sipping excellent wines.
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A live performance of Italian songs and arias by select artists will add to the magic of the night.
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a series of events for food and music lovers

Did you know that Giacomo Puccini , the composer of La Bohème and Madama Butterfly, was also a food lover?
Do you want to learn more about his operas and his exquisite taste for food and wine?
Then, join our series of events: a lecture about a select opera and a complete dinner based on Puccini's favourite recipes.
Thursday 10 March 2016 at 6.30 La Bohème
Thursday 31 March 2016 at 6.30 Turandot
Thursday 14 March 2016 at 6.30 Tosca
The WA Italian Club
217 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth, 6006 (there is plenty of parking at rear!)

Turandot - 31st of March 2016

From left to right:

Our lecturer, our three performers and our chef

a great night!!!!

Our performers:
Monique Flanagan, Kate Goyder and Louis Hurley
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