The Asheville Lyric Opera hosts their annual Winter Gala fundraiser, Taste of Opera, at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center. The central focus of the evening’s festivities will be an operatic concert performed over a meal consisting of delicacies from Asheville’s finest restaurants. The menu features area restaurants serving up their best appetizers, entrées, and desserts. Intermixed in the festivities will be a uniquely Asheville silent auction.
Join nationally acclaimed opera stars as they present a sneak peak for ALO’s upcoming season. Among the artists performing at Taste of Opera are tenor Grant Knox, mezzo-soprano Solmaaz Adeli, and local professional baritone, Jonathan Ross. Grant Knox is a nationally acclaimed tenor and the new Director of Lyric Theatre at Furman University. Knox’s notable performances include performing with Cincinnati Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, and Chautauqua Opera in operas such as Don Giovanni, Faust, and Der Rosenkavalier. Joining Mr. Knox on stage is internationally acclaimed soprano Solmaaz Adeli who continues to stun audiences across the world with performances throughout Europe. Baritone Jonathan Ross, most recently seen in the ALO production of Marriage of Figaro, is a New York native having performed with the Tri-Cities Opera in productions such as Cosi fan Tutte and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Asheville local and professional pianist Vance Reese will accompany the evening’s festivities.