Festival Napa Valley presents Opera Under the Stars, a glamorous celebration and performance at Meadowood Napa Valley featuring two operatic sensations. A center of social, artistic, and viticultural life in Napa Valley, Meadowood was recently honored with a rare triple Five-Star award from Forbes Travel Guide.
Festival favorites soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor Michael Fabiano, both winners of the Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Artist Award, perform an array of arias and duets with Festival Orchestra Napa, led by the eminent conductor James Conlon, making his Festival debut.
The New York Times called Fabiano “one of the most exciting, sought-after singers in the world,” while Le Monde raved that Sierra’s pure voice “radiates tenderness in the middle register,” and “she floats her golden high register to the limits of audibility.”
World-class opera merits world-class food, and guests will dine on a gourmet meal prepared by Meadowood’s skillful culinary team, paired with a curated selection of fine Napa wines. As the sun sets over Meadowood’s magnificent grounds and the surrounding Napa Valley, the stars in the sky and the stars on the stage will combine for a most magical, memorable evening.
The youngest winner of both the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Nadine Sierra made successful debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Paris Opera, and Berlin State Opera and is quickly becoming a fixture at many of the world’s top houses.
One of the greatest tenors in the world today, Michael Fabiano has sung in the world's most important opera houses, a list that includes: the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera, Opera Australia, Teatro Real, Opéra National de Paris, Dutch National Opera, La Scala, ABAO-OLBE, Dresden Semperoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Glyndebourne Festival, Royal Danish Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. In addition, he has graced concert stages with some of the world’s most acclaimed orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, and the Vienna Symphony, and has performed a number of major recital and concert tours.
James Conlon has conducted virtually every major American and European symphony orchestra since his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1974. Since 2006, Conlon has served as Music Director of the Los Angeles Opera, and in 2016, he became the first American to hold the position of Principal Conductor of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Torino, Italy.
Festival Orchestra Napa is an all-star ensemble that brings together principal players from major international orchestras and faculty from renowned colleges and conservatories, together with participants from the Frost School of Festival Napa Valley's Blackburn Music Academy. Centered around a core of Frost School of Music faculty, the orchestra also includes hand-picked musicians from ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony, MET Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Atlanta Symphony, among others.
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