Grand Opera Thailand is set to perform a series of six performances at Vertigo TOO on the 60th floor of Banyan Tree Bangkok. This unprecedented event was kicked off with the performance of Les Miserables on Wednesday, 12 July 2017. At the invitation of Banyan Tree Bangkok, we have joined this very first performance by the Grand Opera Thailand. It was a beautiful artistic journey of arts and cuisine, combining the delights of gastronomic and acoustic pleasures in one night.
What is Grand Opera Thailand?
Grand Opera Thailand was founded in 2011 by the internationally-renowned opera singer, Stefan Paul Sanchez, to provide approachable opera to the public and raise the level of opera appreciation in Thailand. It is also a platform for young Thai opera singers to perform to audiences in the region, nurturing their development to becoming professional opera singers in future. These young opera singers are talented graduates of the best vocal faculties in Thailand. Success and diligence have brought Grand Opera Thailand on international stages including Myanmar, Bahrain, Bangalore, South Korea and Karachi. Their distinguished voice and stagecraft techniques in opera and musical theatre are commended and have been recognised both locally and overseas.
Grand Opera Thailand Event at Vertigo TOO, Banyan Tree Bangkok
Six performances will be performed by the young professional opera singers of the Grand Opera Thailand at the elegant Vertigo TOO under the canopy of starry lights. After the performance of Les Miserables on 12 July, subsequent events will feature world-class and internationally acclaimed musicals, including Chicago on 9 August; Phantom of the Opera on 6 September; La Traviata on 8 November; Pop-Opera featuring “Boogie Woogie” Boys & Girls on 6 December and an International Tribute to Valentine’s Day as the last show of the series on 14 February 2018. This event offers a once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity for an utter indulgence in gastronomy and acoustic opera performances.
4-course Wine Dinner on Les Miserables Night by Grand Opera Thailand
This 4-course Wine Dinner was gorgeous. While every nerve of mine was gracefully massaged by the alluring voices of the professional opera singers, the taste buds obviously followed the flow and experienced an elegant French cuisine with beautiful wine pairing that went perfectly hand-in-hand with the food. The wine dinner started with a welcome glass of Champagne, which was a smart choice to embark on our gastronomic and acoustic journey of the night.
The aromatic, floral wine was yellow with light golden highlights. It had a rich and explosive taste of exotic fruits, roses, and spices with aromas of ripe fruits. It also had a long finish that paired very well with the Foie-gras terrine. To enjoy this starter, smell the wine first before savouring a small bite of Foie gras. While the aftertaste of Foie gras still persists, take a sip of the wine. Let the aroma in the nostrils and the taste on the palate enjoy the playground of your senses of taste and smell.
It was a soup made of boiled and puréedpotatoes, cream, and stock. This soup was served warm following the tradition of serving Vichyssoise in the middle of hot summer. The sweetness and mild saltiness of the smoked Haddock fish added an extra layer of flavour. I like the idea of putting the roasted potato fondants in the soup, it created an interesting texture to be enjoyed on the palate, further enhancing the taste of the soup.
(3) Main Course
Crispy Confit Duck Leg
Potato Gratin, Cranberry Orange,
Port Wine Reduction Sauce
2014 Pinot Noir, “Attitude”, Pascal Jolivet, IGP, Val De Loire, France
(Ordered by Neng)
This red wine had a brilliant ruby colour with flavours of red fruits and cherries. It was a balanced wine with a long finish, making it a good choice for the duck leg. The confit duck leg was flawless – crispy skin, moist and juicy meat, no gamey smell. It’s definitely a plate-licking dish.
Roasted Cod Fish
White Asparagus, Sautéed Morel Mushroom,
Champagne-White Asparagus Cream Sauce
2013 Pouilly Fuissé Louis Max, Chardonnay Burgundy, France
(Ordered by Chelsea)
The chosen Chardonnay was pale in colour. It had a mild, creamy aroma. The flavour was full and rich without the dominance of acidity. It had a creamy texture but at the same time mildly peppery. This wine further brought out the flavours of cod fish and white asparagus. Eating them together with the sautéed morel mushroom added a pleasant earthy touch to the overall taste.
Homemade Vanilla Ice-Cream
Moscato, Yellow Tail, Casella Wines, N.S.W., Australia
The charm of Moscato is that it goes well with any desserts. This Moscato was zingy, refreshing and very easy to drink. Its sweetness brought out the aroma of the apple tart. It literally left a sweet memory of not only the performance by the Grand Opera Thailand but also the enticing wine dinner brought by the Chef of Vertigo TOO.
How much is it for the Grand Opera Thailand Event?
Tickets start at THB 2,800 nett for balcony seats that include unlimited servings of international beverages, and THB 4,900 nett for a carefully crafted 4-course degustation meal with wine pairings.
Who in Gourmet Bangkok team experienced the Grand Opera Thailand Event at Vertigo TOO?
Chelsea Chan ~ A food lover, golfer, fun lover, and adventurer Chelsea was born in Hong Kong and is a genuine food lover. Her palate is especially sharp on Cantonese food, delicacies from Hong Kong and meat (especially beef, chicken and lamb). She is able to taste how the food is cooked and prepared. Besides, she is also a pro buffet gourmet because of her unlimited appetite. When she says ‘too sweet’, it may not be sweet for you as her preference for chocolate is 72++ dark chocolate.
Neng Srichaisak ~ A pro golfer, travel lover and photographer Neng was born in Bangkok and is an enthusiastic photographer. Ever since joining the Gourmet Bangkok Team, he has developed an intense interest in food and food photography. He is good at searching the best angle for a dish. He likes spicy food and is able to tell the exotic spices used in Asian cuisine. He also acts as the Thai-Cantonese interpreter for Chelsea when reviewing restaurants in Bangkok. As he is a pro golfer, he reviews all golf courses for Gourmet International Team.
Will Gourmet Bangkok recommend the Grand Opera Thailand Event at Vertigo TOO?
Definitely! It is good value for money. THB 4,900 nett includes a ticket for the musical performance and a 4-course dinner with wine pairing and coffee or tea. The delight of the performance was that it wasn’t a standup show on the stage. Opera singers popped out everywhere in the dining venue, they also interacted with diners, singing and performing right in front of you. It’s extremely entertaining! Their next performance will be Chicago, grab your seat to enjoy the outstanding performance and cuisine at Vertigo TOO now.
We highly recommend the Grand Opera Thailand Event to you all.
The combining force of good food and world-class musicals is irresistible. ~ Chelsea