July 12  |  6:30PM

Opening Night: Opera Under the Stars at Meadowood with Francesco Demuro and Nino Machaizde Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra, Christian Reif, conductor

Festival Napa Valley uncorks its 14th season with an evening of opera, delectable cuisine, and fine wines at Meadowood Napa Valley.

Two of the world’s most exciting opera stars, soprano Nino Machaidze and tenor Francesco Demuro, perform operatic favorites with the Festival’s Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra on the estate’s elegant Redwood Fairway.

The Georgian-born Machaidze, who made her Festival Napa Valley debut in 2011, has been called “one of the most brilliant artists of today’s young generation of singers.” Her role as Marie in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment at Milan’s La Scala launched her international career – and she has since made important debuts at the world’s top concert halls, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The Grammy-nominated Italian tenor Demuro has an equally impressive list of accomplishments.  Demuro has been celebrated for his “open, bright, superbly focused tone… reminiscent of Pavarotti" (Opera News). Demuro returns to the Festival for the third time, after his triumphant debut in 2010.

Star power, a gourmet feast prepared by Meadowood’s exceptional culinary team, and Napa’s finest wines – Festival Napa Valley starts off with a bang.

 

Francesco Demuro and Nino Machaidze appear as part of
the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series

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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Nino Machaidze
Nino Machaidze

A graduate of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Georgian-born soprano Nino Machaidze first appeared at La Scala as Marie in Donizetti La fille du regiment in 2007. These performances, followed by her debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in the same role, were what launched her international career.

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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 ultimately 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