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By Vivien Schweitzer
Originally appeared in the 2017 Summer Season Program Book
Since the founding two decades ago of a summer program dedicated to early 19th century Italian opera, the beautiful Caramoor estate has become a sort of Bel Canto Bayreuth. Many local opera fans have made an annual summer pilgrimage to hear rising stars and established artists perform repertory staples and rarities by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi.
On Saturday, June 16, Caramoor’s 2017 Summer Season opened with our Opening Night Gala and Concert Celebrating 20 years of Bel Canto at Caramoor with A Night of Italian Opera.
This year’s Gala festivities included a pre-performance cocktail reception and an elegant Italian dinner al fresco, premium concert seating in the Venetian Theater for the concert: Celebrating 20 Years of Bel Canto at Caramoor with A Night of Italian Opera, and the After Dark post-performance party with desserts and dancing.