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Hopera -quartus-


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General Admission
Ticket includes admission to the performance and eight beer samples as well as an introductory half-pint and bar snacks upon arrival.
2.5 hours before event starts CA$38.80 CA$2.93

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Hopera logoHOPERA: an evening of local craft beer & song

Join us for this celebration of craft beer and opera. On September 21st and 22nd, 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...


 Audiences are raving:  

"Hopera is an unbelievably effervescent evening!-Julie Rouleau

"So fun. I’ve never seen opera live and let me tell you, it’s fantastic. The storytelling behind the beers is also a delight. Thanks! I shall return" -Marc Jenkinson

"I really enjoyed discovering beer and I found the opera introductions and the beer descriptions and matches both fun and witty. Glad I came and I’ll be back-Cyril Picard

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®           

Master Cicerone Mirella AmatoMirella Amato has dedicated herself to helping people discover the art of beer appreciation since 2007. She is Canada's only Master Cicerone®. Her award-winning book, Beerology: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Beer...Even More was released in the spring of 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, MMus

Melanie EsseltineMelanie derives keen pleasure from bringing this deliciously complex&creative marriage of craft beer and opera to life. In addition to researching and interpreting art song&opera, she has been a national Canadian Music Competition finalist, Le Prix Nadia Boulanger recipient and a member of Atelier lyrique de l'opéra de Montréal. When not singing, Melanie enjoys sharing a pint of local ale with friends in Canada and around the world.

Featuring the beers of:

Amsterdam Brewery     Black Oak Brewing Co     Double Trouble Brewing Co  

Great Lakes Brewery     Junction Craft Brewing      Nickel Brook Brewing  

Side Launch Brewing Company    Steam Whistle Brewing          Walkerville Brewery     


Meet the Artists:

Jean-François Daignault - Countertenor

Jean Francois DaignaultEarly and contemporary music specialist,(BMus, Hons, McGill, Early Music Perf.&Lit) Jean-François Daignault, has performed and debuted many roles, as well as garnering awards (Opus Award, Best World Music CD, Best Concert '14&'15) and praise for the musicality, artistry and interpretative skills he brings to his endeavours (Alkemia, ESEM and work with conductors Yannick Nezet&John Rutter).Rave reviews have been received for opera stagings in Warsaw&Toulouse.

Melanie Esseltine - Soprano

Melanie EsseltineCanadian 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).

Lyndsay Promane – Mezzo-Soprano

Lindsay PromaneMezzo-soprano Lyndsay Promane is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto (Diploma in Operatic Performance, BMus, Performance). Roles include Poppet of Paul Bunyan (UofT Opera), title roles of The Medium (UofT Opera) and Hansel und Gretel (MYOpera), The Lady with the Hat Box and the Foreign Singer of Postcard from Morocco (UofTOpera), and Endimione of La Calisto (COSI). Most recently, Lyndsay made her debut with Muskoka Chautauqua as Larina in Eugene Onegin.   

Geoffrey Sirett - Baritone

Geoffrey SirettOne of Canada's leading young baritones, award-winning Geoffrey Sirett continues to impress audiences in performances of traditional&contemporary opera,concert and art song. 2014-15 included over 70 performances across Canada(including world debuts). Don Giovanni,Le Nozze di Figaro,Orlando,Candide, Albert Herring,West Side Story&The Great Gatsby have been among his many leading roles with such companies as L'Opéra de Montréal,the COC,Opera5&Opera in Concert.

Natasha Fransblow - Pianist

Natasha FransblowPianist Natasha Fransblow has carved out her space in Toronto’s classical music and opera community as a sought-after recitalist, coach, music director, and répétiteur. She has worked with Summer Opera Lyric theatre, Toronto Operetta Theatre, and MYOpera and began music directing with MYOpera in Fall 2014. Natasha recently performed Rodelinda with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival and completed an independent recital tour with tenor, Jan Van Hooft.


 Please note:  

  • The kitchen will be closed during the event itself, table snacks will be available.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Have questions about Hopera -quartus-? Contact Beerology

When & Where

The Monarch Tavern - ground floor
12 Clinton St
Toronto, ON M6J 2N8



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!

Beer Book       Mirella Amato's book in French

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