San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
HOPERA: an evening of local craft beer & song
Join us for this celebration of craft beer and opera. On September 19th, opera singers will entertain guests with a selection of eight operatic arias, duos and trios. Each song will be accompanied by a sample of local craft beer. Pairings will be presented with details on the musical selection and the beer style as well as why they were chosen. Hopera is an intimate event and will provide meaningful insight into both the world of local craft beer and the world of opera...
Here's what members of last year's audience are saying about Hopera:
“Had so much fun!!! Mirella made everyone feel so welcome and the knowledge she gave us on each beer was amazing. Melanie gave such interesting & fun information. The pieces performed came alive. The performers-wow!! So well done. I had goose bumps in many songs. A great evening of entertainment and then there was beer too! You need to repeat this. Many more fortunate patrons need to hear and enjoy this evening.”-Sue Devereux
“Hopera was an amazing event! It took me back to another time when quality local beer and intimate singing performances were had at the pub. Excellent beer and fantastic singing!”-David Scannell
About the team:
Director - Mirella Amato, BMus, Master Cicerone®
Specializing in Ontario and Québec brews, Mirella Amato has dedicated herself to helping people discover the art of beer appreciation through guided beer tastings and workshops. She is Canada's only Master Cicerone® and a National Level BJCP judge. She is the occasional beer columnist for CBC Radio and will publish her first book in May 2014. Mirella also holds a degree in vocal performance from McGill University. With Hopera, she is bringing together her two biggest passions.
Musical Director - Melanie Esseltine, BMus, MMus
Lyric soprano, Melanie Esseltine is a Canadian Music Competition finalist both on the provincial and national level. She is the recipient of Le Prix Nadia Boulanger, Concours d'interpretation de Musique Française de Montréal, and was a member of Atelier lyrique de l'opera de Montreal from 1998-2000. She has sung a number of supporting and lead roles on main stage and on tour. When she’s not singing, Melanie very much enjoys sharing a pint of fine local ale with friends.
Featuring the beers of:
Amsterdam Brewery, Beau's All Natural Brewing Company, Cameron's Brewing, Stone Hammer, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, Nickel Brook Beers, Spearhead Brewing & Steam Whistle.
- This event has cabaret style seating - arrive early to ensure that your party will all be seated together
- Feel free to come by early, secure your seats and enjoy a pint & some nibbles
- The kitchen will be closed during the event itself, table snacks will be available
- ticket sales end at 5:30pm the day of the show. Should there be any remaining tickets, they will be available at the door for $45.00 each.
- No refunds available
Book now, SPACE IS LIMITED!
When & Where
Run by Canada's first Master Cicerone® and author of Beerology: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Beer...Even More, Mirella Amato, Beerology offers a range of entertaining and informative beer tasting workshops and dinners, ideal for staff or client appreciation, special occasions or just for fun!
Check out Mirella's new book!
Here's what members of last year's audience are saying about Hopera:
“I had SO MUCH FUN. This way exceeded my expectations (as a non-opera aficionado). I kind of wish every bar I go to would feature opera. Best event of 2012? Quite possibly.”-Lindsay Archibald
“Yes! This was an amazing event, a betterment to the arts community and an excellent addition to the cultural scene in Toronto”-James
“Fabulous venue! I’m a virgin to opera - this was the very best “first time!” Please offer this experience again and again! I really appreciated the synopsis so that I could follow. -fabulous talented performers & great beer!!”-Judy Martin
Meet the artists!
Pablo Benitez, Tenor
Pablo Benitez was born in Caracas, Venezuela where he studied music and Voice at Simon Bolivar Conservatory. In Canada, he studied at McGill University's Opera Program. In addition to operatic and classical repertoire, Pablo has performed more popular music at places like Montreal Jazz Festival and Le Festival d'été de Québec among others. He has sung two seasons with Toronto Opera Repertoire performing the roles of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Camille de Rosillon in Merry Widow and Hoffman in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman. Pablo is currently the lead Tenor of Opera Luminata directed by Shoshana Friedman and Michael MacLennan.
Melanie Esseltine, Soprano
Toronto-based lyric soprano, Melanie Esseltine is known for the golden colour of her voice and the intellectual curiosity and comedic timing that she brings to the roles and songs she interprets. While at the Atelier lyrique de l'Opera de Montreal and McGill she especially enjoyed bringing life to such roles as Valetto, La Fortuna, (Coronazione di Poppea) Adina, (L'Elisire d'Amore) Miss Ellen,(Lakme) Poussette, (Manon) Wellgunde, (Das Rheingold) and Clorinda (La Cenerentola).
Jennifer Rasor, Soprano
Jennifer Rasor is happy to return to Hopera pairing together two of her passions; opera and beer! She has worked with the Montreal Opera, Tapestry New Opera, Coro Verdi, Opera by Request, The Montreal Symphony, The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and Kingston Symphony. Her most recent operatic works were last spring with Toronto Opera Repertoire's productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d'Hoffman where she shared the stage with Pablo Benitez.
Giovanni Spanu, Baritone
Giovanni Spanu is a graduate of the University of Toronto Opera School, where he received his Masters degree in Opera Performance. He recently performed the title role in Le Magicien by Jean Vallerand and Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti with Metro Youth Opera in Toronto. Other performances include Peter in Hansel and Gretel, Leporello in Don Giovanni, the Hunter in Rusalka, Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des Carmelites and Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos. Giovanni was featured in concert at Massey Hall with St. Michael's Choir School and in recital with Stephen Ralls and the Aldeburgh Discovery Series.
Accompanist: Blair Salter, Pianist
Originally from St. Catharines, Blair Salter is a freelance collaborative pianist. Blair completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Western Ontario, where she studied with Stephan Sylvestre. Blair recently obtained her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of Western Ontario, where she had the privilege of working with John Hess and Mark Payne. Blair currently resides in Toronto, and works with Toronto Opera Repertoire as the pianist for their 2012/2013 season. She is excited to be the music director for Metro Youth Opera for their upcoming season.