Friday, July 12  |  6:30PM

Opening Night: Opera Under the Stars at Meadowood featuring Joyce El-Khoury, Francesco Demuro and Lucas Meachem Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra, Christian Reif, conductor

Festival Napa Valley uncorks its 14th season with a glamorous alfresco celebration and a performance by three of the world’s most exciting opera stars at Meadowood Napa Valley.

Soprano Joyce El-Khoury, tenor Francesco Demuro, and baritone Lucas Meachem perform operatic favorites with the Festival’s Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra on the estate’s elegant Redwood Fairway.

The Lebanese-Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury has performed at some of the world’s most esteemed opera houses. Celebrated for her “star power and superb vocal presence” (BachTrack), she has gained a reputation for bringing rarely performed works to life. Joining her are Grammy Award-winning baritone Lucas Meachem, who was praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for his “fluent, lyrical phrasing,” and named San Francisco Opera’s 2016 Emerging Star of the Year, and festival favorite Sardinian tenor Francesco Demuro, celebrated for his “open, bright, superbly focused tone…reminiscent of Pavarotti" (Opera News).

Star power, a gourmet feast prepared by Meadowood’s exceptional culinary team, and Napa’s finest wines – Festival Napa Valley kicks off in style.

 

Francesco Demuro, Lucas Meachem and Joyce El-Khoury appear as part of
the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series

Sponsored in part by San Francisco Chronicle

Performers

Francesco Demuro
Francesco Demuro

Renowned tenor Francesco Demuro was born in Porto Torres, Sardinia, Italy. His 2007 debut in Parma was the greatest success, and he has since performed at countless international opera houses, concert halls, and festivals.

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Joyce El-Khoury
Joyce El-Khoury

Born in Lebanon and raised in Canada, soprano Joyce El-Khoury is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She has quickly gained a reputation for bringing newly discovered and rarely performed works to life.

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Lucas Meachem
Lucas Meachem

Grammy® Award winner Lucas Meachem is one of the most in-demand singers of the moment, captivating audiences with his "earnest appealing baritone" (New York Times). Meachem performs regularly at major opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera House, Opéra National de Paris, and Los Angeles Opera where he gave his Grammy® Award-winning performance.

 

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Christian Reif
Christian Reif

One of the most promising conducting talents of his generation, German-born Christian Reif is Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. His work in San Francisco follows two years in Miami as a Conducting Fellow with the New World Symphony.

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Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra
Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra

Musicians from over one hundred different schools and conservatories, from four dozen states and seven countries, competed for entry to the The Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy. Just one in five aspirants was accepted. Their performances are an integral part of the festival's 13th season.

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Venue

Meadowood Napa Valley

Settled on a private, two-hundred-fifty acre estate, Meadowood is known for its beautiful, natural setting, gracious hospitality, classic architecture, luxury lodging, as well as traditional pastimes including croquet, tennis, golf, swimming, fitness classes, hiking and the enjoyment of wine. To enhance each sports enthusiast’s stay, resident professionals include a golf pro, tennis pro, croquet pro and personal fitness trainers. The estate’s luxurious Meadowood Spa offers an all-suite, elevated spa and wellness experience for each guest while The Restaurant at Meadowood enjoys the distinction as one of only seven Michelin three-star restaurants in the western United States. At the culinary helm of the Estate’s banqueting team is Chef Alejandro Ayala who joined the kitchen staff at Meadowood more than thirty years ago and has served as Executive Banquet Chef for the last nineteen years. Chef Ayala and his team produce cuisine for weddings, executive retreats and special events both on the estate, as well as private locales. Also a private club, Meadowood counts Napa Valley’s most prominent vintners among its members. Meadowood is a proud member of Relais & Chateaux.
Meadowood Napa Valley