What an evening with The Dallas Opera! My good friend Caitlin and I had essentially the most enchanting ladies night time watching the comedy. Whoever thinks they don’t like opera absolutely has by no means seen the hilarious Mozart present Cosí fan tutte. It’s so foolish that the viewers couldn’t cease guffawing. Extra on that later however first, dinner!
The present began at 7:30 pm. My transfer is to park on the Winspear, then stroll to dinner someplace on Flora Avenue for dinner at 5 pm. (When folks flip up their noses at early dinner, I all the time assume, you should not be a patron of the humanities!) That offers me loads of time for a number of programs earlier than leisurely strolling again to the Winspear for the present. On this explicit night, we ate at Ellie’s Restaurant within the HALL Arts Resort proper throughout the road. It’s fantastically appointed with subtle decor and twinkling lights and there’s a pianist taking part in reside jazz. It’s a really a stunning eating expertise, to not point out the meals is divine.
One large plus to eating within the Arts District earlier than a present: a pre fixe menu! Three decadent programs for $58, which is a rattling whole lot for Dallas. I acquired the caesar salad to start out and wow, is it scrumptious! I suppose purists would possibly balk on the addition of Kalamata olives and a parmesan cracker however I liked each. Ellie’s makes use of top quality entire anchovies within the salad and a Meyer lemon caesar dressing. I ate each chunk!
Salad was accompanied by our Stardust Cosmos, Meyer Lemon vodka, Cointreau, white cranberry, lime and iridescence. Even the bread and butter was an occasion; our server whisked tiny silver dish covers with a flourish to disclose softened butter with rosemary for our rolls.
For the primary course, I ordered the Scottish Salmon with Lobster Gnocchi. I used to be picturing gnocchi with lobster bits inside so think about my shock when my plate arrived with salmon, gnocchi, and big hunks of lobster! The salmon was completely cooked and the entire thing was simply executed completely.
Final however definitely not least: the chocolate flourless cake with pomegranate syrup and brandied cherries. This cake was so wealthy, it was most like a big truffle. The proper finish to a magical dinner!
We have been having such a stunning time listening to the pianist, we didn’t understand how late it had gotten! Fortunately our server saved an eye fixed on the time and introduced us our verify with zero prompting. That’s the factor in regards to the Arts District: they are going to all the time ensure you make curtain. We headed again over to the Winspear for the present.
Now I’ve seen Cosí fan tutte earlier than however I’ve by no means seen it like this. The Mozart present initially premiered on my birthday (January 26) in 1790 and I’ve solely ever seen it in its unique type. This manufacturing from San Francisco Opera is about at a rustic membership within the 1930’s and I completely liked it. The costumes have been a feast for the eyes. My largest take away from the present was, I would like greater hats! It was one darling ensemble after the following with among the greatest actors I’ve ever seen in an opera. This solid simply will get bodily comedy and goes all in. The packed home was howling with laughter!
The set design alone is well worth the ticket value. The Dallas Opera by no means disappoints with regards to a spectacular set. I felt as if I have been vacationing at Lake Garda in Italy within the 30’s. We even acquired a sundown at intermission! The present truthfully regarded like one big Rose Desk shoot now that I give it some thought and the ending scene with glowing lanterns was breathtaking.
I actually can’t say sufficient good issues about this manufacturing. The Dallas Opera’s Cosí fan tutte may flip even the largest skeptic into an opera lover. Go see it this weekend!
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