July 20  |  6:30PM

Opening Night: Opera Under the Stars at Meadowood with Nadine Sierra and Bryan Hymel

Festival Napa Valley uncorks its 13th season at Meadowood Napa Valley with a dazzling alfresco celebration and a performance by two singing sensations: soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor Bryan Hymel.

The sumptuous-voiced Sierra – who captivated festival audiences in years past - debuted at San Francisco Opera in 2010 and triumphed in Rigoletto at La Scala and in Le nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera. “There was no way to listen to soprano Nadine Sierra…and feel anything but awe and delight,” wrote the San Francisco Chronicle.

Praised by the New York Times for his “unflagging stamina and impetuous abandon” during his 2012 Metropolitan Opera debut, Hymel has performed at the world’s most accomplished opera houses and festivals. Sierra and Hymel join forces to perform operatic favorites with maestro Joel Revzen and the festival’s Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra.

Under the stars at the bucolic Vintner’s Glen, guests will dine on a gourmet feast prepared by Meadowood’s ace culinary team led by estate chef Alejandro Ayala. Dinner will be paired with some of Napa Valley’s finest wines – a simply perfect start to this year’s festivities. 

Performers

Nadine Sierra
Nadine Sierra

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. 

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Bryan Hymel
Bryan Hymel

Tenor Bryan Hymel, whose accolades include the Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Artist Award and the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, is a regular at the world’s greatest opera houses. His first solo album, Héroïque, debuted at number three on the Billboard Classical chart and has garnered much praise.

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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.
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