August 04, 2016 - 4:08 PM
KELOWNA - The Vibrant Vine Estates Winery is preparing to welcome guests to their annual performance of the Phantom of the Villa as part of their popular summer Courtyard Concert Series.
An elegant affair fashioned after the Glyndebourne Festival in England, guests dress up and stroll the award winning estate gardens overlooking the beautiful City of Kelowna before the show and during the intermission.
Voted as the number one Winery in BC and number three Winery in Canada on Trip Advisor, Wyn and Marion Lewis continue to delight local and international guests with a unique cultural experience. This is “a very special annual outing with friends”, Lewis said. “It is an annual event that can’t be missed.”
This summer The Okanagan Villa has doubled the number of performances of Phantom of the Villa to four, starring our very own opera star Melina Moore (soprano), and internationally renowned tenor Peter Karrie accompanied by pianist, Carol Colpitts. Melina, Peter and Carol have toured this show for a number of years, and are delighted to have found a home in the summer Courtyard Concert Series. The show will feature music from Phantom, as well as Les Misérables and a blend of popular operatic and musical theatre favourites.
Melina Moore, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, grew up in New York City and received her undergraduate training at The Juilliard School. A vocal performance major at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art, Melina made her operatic debut as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro with LaGuardia’s Bel Aria Opera Company in 1995. Among the honors she has received are a full academic scholarship to Columbia University, a tuition scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music and the Lucrezia Bori Grant for operatic and interpretive study and performance at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A versatile high-lyric coloratura, with a love of musical theatre as well, Melina has performed in opera houses worldwide, and on and off Broadway.
Peter Karrie’s voice has been showcased in many of the greatest theatrical successes in contemporary musical theatre, the highlight of which must be his highly acclaimed portrayal of The Phantom in Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record breaking musical The Phantom of the Opera. Peter first played The Phantom at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London before going on to play the role in Toronto, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vancouver and the Millennium tour of Great Britain. His performances have been reviewed as “definitive” and have earned him the title of “The World’s Most Popular Phantom”. At the 25th Anniversary Performance, Lord Webber and Sir Cameron Mackintosh announced to the world that Peter was the longest running ‘Phantom’ of all time.
Join us as owners, Wyn and Marion Lewis along with their staff dressed in Phantom cloaks, masks and hats create a truly magical experience. Guests receive their Phantom Mask as they arrive, and are able to enjoy a glass of The Vibrant Vines’ Phantom Red Wine with labels that commemorate this unique Okanagan event saying: Especially blended to celebrate the third performance of Phantom of The Villa at The Okanagan Villa Estate Winery on August 26th, 2016. “The Lewis Family and their staff create a remarkable experience, from the very moment the guests arrive until the last note is sung - it’s truly magical”, adds Moore.
Enjoy the award winning gardens, wine and performers Aug. 26 and 27 and Sept. 2 and 3. “The magic of this event is in the combination of the location, the music, and the artistic expertise. This creates an experience that is fundamentally different from a concert hall experience. It’s not just another concert.” says Lewis.
Visit the Vibrant Vine website for more infomation and event details.
For tickets, call (778) 478-4153, or purchase at the Vibrant Vine shop located at 3240 Pooley Road, Kelowna B.C. V1W4G7.
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