It’s a Romeo and Juliet-like tale; an Italian opera set in Scotland. Drawing from those inspirations and more, three restaurants have created Lucia’s Libations — opera-inspired cocktails for the upcoming Lucia di Lammermoor — available until April 23.
“Opera pairs well with many things, food and drink included,” said Tim Yakimec, Edmonton Opera’s general manager and artistic director, adding that this is a first-time project for Edmonton Opera (working with Yelp Edmonton).
“So presenting opera as a cocktail makes sense — it reaches a new audience to share opera with in Edmonton and Lucia di Lammermoor in particular, but we also get to build relationships with local restaurants and challenge the creativity of the culinary community.”
Reflecting various aspects of Donizetti’s haunting opera, &27, BLVD and Mercer Tavern have created cocktails named Lucia’s Loch (Janice Bochon), Lucia’s Royal Blue Hour on the Moors (Brendan Brewster) and the Fat Lady (Taylor Zottl) respectively.
“[Lucia’s Loch] is a drink reminiscent, both visually and flavour-wise, of Scotland’s misty lochs and moors,” Bochon said. “[It’s] complemented with the lavender subtle flavour notes as well as its more seductive symbolism of devotion, ardent attachment and distrust.”
All three recipes chose to acknowledge the Scottish influence using various scotches, then added other ingredients that also matched the various themes.
“Made with a highlands Reposado, [Lucia’s Royal Blue Hour on the Moors] has a fine balance between the agave notes, the wood, scotch-smoke and the bittersweet strawberry of the Campari. Kind of like a Rosita meets a Seelbach, burnt,” Brewster explained.
The cocktails will be available at their respective restaurants from April 1 until April 23. We invite you to patronize these restaurants and share your experience via your preferred medium. On Twitter (@edmontonopera) and Instagram (@edmopera), the hashtags #eoLucia and #eoMixology will be used; Edmonton Opera can also be found on Facebook.
Recipes are available as a separate document. You are welcome to share these publicly (with credit to the appropriate restaurant) after April 1. Please direct any questions to Catherine Szabo, communications manager, at email@example.com or 780-392-8718.
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Details on media parking will be made available closer to the date of the event and upon RSVP of media outlets.
The 40-minute event will include the announcement with comments from Sandra Gajic, Edmonton Opera CEO, and an opera performance by artists currently engaged by the company.