by Jim Ridley
The new Noah Liff Opera Center in Sylvan Park already looms as a gift to the city--a multi-use facility that houses rehearsal space for the Nashville Opera, administrative offices, rooms for community functions and more. This weekend, the gift keeps on giving with a festival that includes kids' activities, food and live performance--all free and open to the public.
For its grand opening, the Liff Center and Nashville Opera invite the public to come tour the new facility from 3 to 5 p.m. this Sunday, May 3. Not only will there be a special performance of The Magic Flute, the center will also have photo stations where children and adults can pose in opera wigs, finery and make-up; opera trivia; a raffle-ticket drawing; goodies for guests; and full-contact opera karaoke where you can duel with the divas--Die Fledermaus with a vengeance!
Say, isn't this a food blog? Right. The center will also offer a spread of Italian finger foods such as cannolis, crostini and cookies, along with grapes, cheeses, pasta salad, drinks and Italian frozen treats.
Again, the entire event is free and open to the public, with families encouraged. The Magic Flute performance will begin at 3:45 p.m., if that helps you plan. (And invitations to Saturday night's $500 black-tie gala benefit are still available by calling 832-5242.) So send this notice to everyone you know--and start limbering up the ol' uvula to hit that high C.
The Noah Liff Opera Center is located at 3622 Redmon St.