MUSICAL TASTE: Tips & Tricks from our Delicious Restaurant Partners
The Capital Grille
If you’ve been taking advantage of The Dallas Opera’s “Cosi & Koozies” Summer Events, then you’ve already had the opportunity to experience the relaxed elegance of The Capital Grille. The sophisticated, yet friendly bar has allowed for our “Cosi fan Tuesdays” happy hours to be chic and entertaining and the appetizers have been delicious. For those who love to host, here’s a tip from the pros:
"Serving salmon at your next dinner party? While offering a white wine with fish is the most common choice, you might also want to consider the “red fish, red wine” school of selection. For those willing to be adventurous in their wine pairing, The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier, George Miliotes, recommends a Pinot Noir. Specifically, he suggests Beringer’s Third Century Pinot Noir from the Napa Valley. The grapes for this blend are harvested near Monterey and Santa Barbara, where bright sun and cool breezes allow for a leisurely and even ripening. Cherry and raspberry are the predominant flavors, but a touch of Syrah blended in adds a pleasant, spicy finish. Miliotes believes this Pinot Noir is one of the silkiest and smoothest you’ll ever have the joy of experiencing. You can’t go wrong serving a traditional Chardonnay or the Pinot Noir with salmon. Offer both, perhaps, and make all your guests happy."
The Capital Grille of Dallas invites you to join them before the show to enjoy their special Performing Arts Menu. You’ll start with one of their fresh salads or clam chowder, followed by your choice of entrée and accompanying side dish, and a touch of decadence in the form of Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake or their Classic Crème Brulee to finish the meal - all in time to get you seated at the theatre before the curtain rises. $50 per person – Click here to see the full menu.
Dallas native Tracey Hull joined The Dallas Opera in 2006. After running the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz Austria for a decade, Tracey wanted to return home to be a part of the vibrant opera world in her own backyard. As Manager of our Friends Program, Tracey helps our individual donors play an important role in supporting our mainstage and educational outreach programs. Tracey says her musical tastes are eclectic – so to put that to the test – we hit “shuffle” and are listing the first few songs that came up.
#1 – "25 Minutes To Go" – Johnny Cash – Johnny needs no explanation.
#2 – “Rachel, quand du Seigneur” – from Halévy’s opera La Juive – sung by Richard Tucker This was recommended to Tracey by a TDO Friend.
#3 – "Zuma Sunset" – the Blue Stingrays. Fans of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will know that the Blue Stingrays are a side project for the Heartbreakers, minus Mr. Petty.
#4 – "Spaceman" – the Dave Mathews Band – From the new album of her favorite college band from her days in Virginia.
#5 – "Coconuts" – Widespread Panic – for the grown up hippie in us all. This song just sounds like summer.
#6 – “Chi il bel songo di Doretta” – from Puccini’s opera La rondine – sung by Angela Gheorghiu.
#7 – "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" – Billie Holiday – like Mr. Cash, Ms. Holiday speaks for herself.
Bonus track – as we move into our 53rd year, song # 53 was "Come Away With Me" by fellow Dallas native Nora Jones. Pretty good shuffle!
WHAT ARE THEY DOING NOW?
By James Hampton
Stage Director Stephen Lawless is no stranger to The Dallas Opera. His riveting production of Roberto Devereux from this past season is still firmly in my mind. Stephen will return to direct our final installment in the Donizetti “Tudor Trilogy”, Anna Bolena, in the fall of 2010. But, how has he been spending his summer?
Stephen directed a new production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore for the Santa Fe Opera. The production opened on July 15 and runs through August 28. The action is updated to the World War II era. From there, Stephen will be heading out to sunny California to revive his traditional production of L’elisir for Los Angeles Opera.
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