July 13, 2012 • 6:00 PM

Opening Night Gala

The festival’s seventh season kicks off with a majestic opening night concert and dinner at Castello di Amorosa, a medieval-style Tuscan castle in the hills of Napa Valley.

The luxurious evening begins with a wine reception atop the castle tower, overlooking breathtaking vineyard views. Guests will then enter the Castello’s beautiful and acoustically-inspired central courtyard for a concert featuring celebrated mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra performing a selection of Handel arias under the baton of Nicholas McGegan.

Following the concert, Gala VIPs enter Castello's Grand Barrel Room, where Founding Benefactors Tatiana and Gerret Copeland, proprietors of Bouchaine Vineyards, will host a lavish dinner complemented by fine wines from Bouchaine Vineyards and Castello di Amorosa.

Allegro pass holders enjoy a rockin’ After Party at Caldwell Snyder Gallery in nearby St. Helena, where the evening continues with a live rock 'n' roll performance by “The Fabulous Screwtops,” tastings of Alpha Omega wine, and an assortment of food and new friendships.

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Performance sponsored by Ann and Gordon Getty. Additional support of the Opening Night Gala provided by First Republic Bank.

This concert is part of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series.


Event Address

Castello di Amorosa
4045 St. Helena Hwy
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From Napa: Take Hwy 29 north. Approximately 5.2 miles after passing through St. Helena, turn LEFT into the Castello di Amorosa (blue sign).