For the May 19th (Sunday) performance of Don Giovanni, Nevada Opera has arranged for a bus from South Lake Tahoe with a pickup in Carson City. The cost is $30/person and includes a light meal on the return trip.
The meal selection will be made on the way to Reno. If you would like to see a menu of selections,click here
You can purchase the bus ticket when you call the NVO office (775-785-4046 between 9am and 2pm) to purchase your ticket for Don Giovanni. If you already have a ticket(s) or purchase from the Pioneer through their web site or box office, you may buy the bus ticket by clicking "Buy Now", below.
This will let you buy bus ticket(s) using either your credit card or a PayPal account. To use your own Credit Card, click on Don't have a PayPal account? after you enter the PayPal site.
NVO's Chefs and Arias was a delightful evening and a great success. The event is described below. A few photos here will show you the activities, entertainment and the "iron chefs". Click a photo to expand to full screen with a caption and scroll.
The evening began with a VIP reception. The attendees were hosted by winemaker Robert Van der Vijver, his wife Missy and Paul Aberasturi, the director of NVO's upcoming Don Giovanni.
The crowd gathered in an El Dorado ballroom. The facilities were all we could hope for to enjoy the competition, entertainment and auctions.
The first live auction was for the privilege of servring as sous chefs (assistants) to defending chefs Mark Estee of Campo and Ivano Centemeri of El Dorado's La Strada.
During the meal (excellent!) the Nevada Opera Chorus performed. At the same time, wide screen TVs showed the chefs' progress.
And now the chefs are ready. The judges will see if Mark Estee retains his title or Ivano Centemeri prevails.
A good time was had by all. The live and silent auctions sold out and guests enjoyed the many offerings. We thank all the participants and donors and especially the committee that organized the event.
Welcome to Nevada Opera’s third “culinary” event. While the previous two events were successful and great fun, this year we’re expanding and re-designing the event with the hope of reaching out to audience who might otherwise never come in contact with the magnificent art form that is Opera. By combining wine, food, exciting culinary themed entertainment and specially selected vocal performances from our talented local chorus members, we’re hoping to introduce Reno residents unfamiliar with NVO to the beauty and passion of operatic music.
On Friday, April 26, the doors of the Eldorado Hotel Casino Convention Center will open for Chefs & Arias
This venue allows us to expand the workspace for our chefs, add a second big-screen for a live video feed and provide stage area for our NVO chorus performers.
Winemaker and trained opera singer Robert Van der Vijver will host a VIP wine and appetizer reception in Cin Cin Bar. This will be a fun opportunity to not only meet and talk to Robert who supplied the fine wines NVO’s guests at last year’s Jukebox Unhinged enjoyed, but also to talk with Paul Aberasturi, Director for NVO’s upcoming performance of Don Giovanni. Attendance is limited.
Doors open - The evening’s entertainment will begin with NVO chorus members singing jazz numbers during no-host cocktail hour and silent auction .
Dinner and Culinary event begins,
Our star chefs for this year’s event are returning champion Mark Estee, owner of Campo and challenger Ivano Centemeri, Executive Chef of La Strada. Guests will be able to bid for the position of sous chef for team Estee or team Centemeri and the remaining two open positions at the judge’s table. Selected Operatic numbers will be performed during dinner by members of NVO’s chorus.
There will be LOTS going on during the evening.
- An extensive silent auction will offer over 40 items valued from $50 to $500. These will include art, meals, stay-cations, a portrait session, cooking items and tickets to performances and the Reno Aces,
Talented stand-up comedian, Maureen Tappan, will be our MC for the evening and act as auctioneer for our live auction prizes which include
- A wine and food pairing for up to 16 people hosted by Robert and Missy Van der Vijver at the winner’s home.
- Four days for two at Alaska Chalet Bed and Breakfast hosted by Brigitte Humphery. Airfare is included.
Ty Martin, from Craft Wine and Beer, and Joey Trujillo, from The Hub Coffee Company, will be our announcers for the chef’s competition. We expect these two local favorites to really spice up the evening with their inquisitive, informative and witty banter. The two big screens in the Eldorado’s Convention Center will allow us to have live video feed of the actual cooking competition….slicing, mixing, sautéing, serving for all to see.
Our five judges who will include celebrity judges, Donna Amato, of Amato's Family Kitchen, Dr. Kosta Arger and Missy Ban der Vijver as well as our two live auction winners, will score four dishes prepared by each chef according to previously agreed upon rules. The food used in the cooking competition - the shared pantry items as well as the secret ingredients - will be provided by Whole Foods.
Ticket Prices: VIP Reception & Dinner: $200 each
Menu: Filet mignon, Eldorado's signature mushroom
|Reservations: Call Janette at (775) 786-4046, between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. She can answer questions about the event or menu.|
Wednesday night (May 15) was Dress Rehearsal. Here are several scenes from Act I (click photo to enlarge/see caption)
Nevada Opera presents
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni
May 17th and 19th
Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
Giovanni, A Vampire Tale
May 18th, in the Pioneer Underground
Mozart’s Don Giovanni, first performed in 1787, blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements and is considered one of the greatest operas ever written.
The story centers on Don Giovanni, an arrogant, promiscuous nobleman (played by Michael Mayes) who abuses and outrages everyone in the cast. His refusal to repent brings about dramatic events and a supernatural retribution.
Nevada Opera will present 2 versions of this grand opera. The first is the traditional production filled with all the promiscuity, death and fantasy one expects from opera. With beautiful Lighting by UNR’s Michael Fernbach and innovative direction by TMCC professor Paul Aberasturi, this show is a blast to the past. Michael, Paul and Monica all worked together at UNR on theatrical projects when the Puffers ran NVO. This is a story of small town artists making good and coming home to work together again. This production will prove to have an amazing spirit behind it… a supernatural positive energy!
Our new, abridged version with a Vampire Twist, will be performed on Saturday, May 18th at 12:00 and 3:00 PM at the Pioneer Underground, starring local and locally grown talent from NVO’s P’Opera and Young Artists Program. This version is perfect for all vampire fans and will have new narration written by Paul Aberasturi and Monica Harte.
Don Giovanni, A Vampire Tale will also be more appropriate for the younger audience: kids, tweens and teens as well as those with a passion for the current Vampire Vogue. This will be in a smaller, more intimate (and scarier) setting and will explore Don Giovanni’s character and actions as a Vampire instead of a seducer.
The mainstage and Vampire versions are both concepts developed by Monica Harte, General and Artistic Director.
|For May 17th & 19th tickets call (775) 786-4046, 9am-2pm or visit pioneercenter.com|
|For May 18th (vampire) tickets call (775) 686-6600, 11am-6pm M-F or visit pioneercenter.com|
|For a selection of synopses of Don Giovanni, click here|
|For a selection of YouTube videos and songs, click here
|For information on the May 19th South Lake Tahoe/Carson City Bus, click here|
Click underlined names for biography and photo
Conductor, Ken Merrill
|Don Giovanni.......... Michael Mayes||Donna Elvira... Amy Cofield Williamson|
|Leporello.................. Nick Shelton
||Zerlina....................... Amanda Crider
|Donna Anna.......... Laura Pedersen
||Masetto........................ Scott Russell
|Don Ottavio........ Jonathon Blalock
||Il Commendatore............. Rick Cornell
|Stage Director....... Paul Aberasturi||Lighting Designer..... Michael Fernbach|
Pianist, Edward Bak
|Don Giovanni........... Edwin Vargas||Donna Elvira...................... Julie Lenz|
|Leporello................ Mark Emerson
||Zerlina............................ Keiko Ueda
Donna Anna......Stephanie Urmston
|Masetto................ ........ Chris Nelson
|Don Ottavio............. Carlos Torres||Il Commendatore............. Rick Cornell|
|Stage Director....... Paul Aberasturi||Narrator......................... Scott House|