PIANIST, producer and opera-lover Carl Rafferty is a man with a taste for glamour.
Take his pitch for the coming entertainment, “Carnival of Venice”—“You’ll arrive at stately Albert Hall, and walk into the grand room filled with red velvet, white linen tablecloths and glistening silver candelabra.”
Yes, it’s another one of Rafferty’s enormously popular Opera by Candlelight evenings.
Many readers will know the formula—you buy a seat at a table decked with white tablecloth and candelabrum, and bring a group of friends. You also bring your own food and wine and utensils, and the operatic performances begin.
There’ll be highlights from Italian opera, the best loved tunes of Rossini, Verdi, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Puccini and Vivaldi.
There’ll be performers from Europe, Australia, America and New Zealand and as Rafferty modestly explains, “are all young, beautiful and handsome as well as being fabulous singers and actors.”
Rafferty’s soprano daughter Kate is making a quick trip from Vienna to bring “coloratura fireworks” into the mix and tenor James Adams is flying in from New Zealand to join Sydney’s Michael Johnson and Stephen Coutts from Melbourne.
Mysteriously, maestro Rafferty tells us this time round, “no one minds if you get a bit rowdy”.
Carl Rafferty Presents “Carnival of Venice,” at Albert Hall, November 1-3, all table seats $60, bookings to email@example.com
Mention that Steven Bailey invited you and you’ll receive three free bottles of wine per table.