Manetti Shrem Opera: Gaetano Donizetti’s DON PASQUALE + Patron Dinner at Quintessa – July 22, 2023

Manetti Shrem Opera: Gaetano Donizetti’s DON PASQUALE

The luminous Spanish soprano Serena Sáenz made her U.S. debut as Norina in Donizetti’s classic comedy, Don Pasquale. The stellar cast included tenor Xabier Aduaga as Ernesto, baritone Alexey Lavrov as Dr. Malatesta, and baritone Lucas Meachem as Don Pasquale. Constantine Orbelian led Festival Orchestra Napa in this enduring tale of love and deception. Jean-Romain Vesperini directed.

Patron Dinner at Quintessa

Nestled into the scenic Rutherford hillside, Quintessa is an architectural marvel, a graceful marriage of form and function. Every structure on the estate exudes a simple elegance and sensitivity to the environment, making it one of the most stunning wineries in the Napa Valley.

Valeria and Agustin Huneeus welcomed guests with their renowned generosity and a spectacular meal, thoughtfully paired with Quintessa’s world-famous, handcrafted wines. Guests dined under the stars, surrounded by picturesque vineyards. As the night progressed, a lively Latin dance band took the stage, playing salsa, merengue, samba, and more, as Festival Napa Valley guests kicked up their heels on the dance floor — a spirited end to a magical midsummer evening.

Rita Castellucci and Antonio Castellucci
Serge Sorokko and Tatiana Sorokko
Alic Chen, David Shimmon and Valeria Yartseva
Lucas Meachem and Serena Saenz
Agustin Huneeus and Valeria Huneeus
Mauro Aprile Zanetti, Serena Saenz, Maria Manetti Shrem and Gary May