ITALIAN NIGHT at Arcosanti

Celebrate all things Italian at Arcosanti July 21, 2012 with delicious food under the Vaults and Arias by Soprano Jayne Casselman.

A yearly tradition of the Colly Soleri Music Center, Italian Night 2012 will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2012. Arrive at 5:00 p.m. for a complimentary tour of Arcosanti, followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. with the performance at 7:30 p.m. 

Italian Night charms guests with family-style Italian food and captivating music amidst the stunning architecture and high desert landscape of Arcosanti. In the setting of Italian cypress and olive trees, dinner is enjoyed outdoors under the dramatic Arcosanti Vaults where pasta is served from festive wheelbarrows in honor of the construction culture at Arcosanti.

A performance after dinner will take you to Italy with American soprano Jayne Casselman, accompanied by Lynne Haeseler on piano, featuring works by Puccini, Boito, Verdi and Scarlatti.

Tickets are $40 for the performance and dinner or $20 for the performance only

($10) students. Dinner reservations required.
Call 928-632-7135 or see for tickets and more information. 


Dinner Menu:
Antipasto: Parmesan crisps, mixed olives, eggplant caviar.
Pasta Primavera: roasted vegetables (red/white/green) and pecorino cheese slivers.
Buffalo and lamb meatballs in tomato sauce
Mushroom and nut meatless balls with tomato sauce
Green Bean Salad with walnuts, feta and Italian parsley
Mixed green salad
Red and Green Grapes
Dessert: a special treat: Forest Berry or Coffee Crunch Gelato from Cool Gelato Italiano in Scottsdale


Born in Iowa,  raised in Kansas and educated at the University of Kansas, American soprano Jayne Casselman, began her career at the Kansas City Lyric Opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto. Moving to Germany she took on fest engagements in the opera houses of Kaiserslautern, Kassel, Dortmund and Mannheim starting in the Lyric Mezzo fach adding 30 roles and moving to the repetoire of Dramatic Soprano. 

Her repertoire of over 60 roles includes all three Brünnhildes, Elektra, Salome, Isolde, Elizabeth and Venus, Sieglinde, Senta, Kundry, Ariadne, Katerina Ismailova in Dimitri Schostakovitch’s Lady Macbeth from Msensk, Goneril in Reimann’s Lear, Agathe in Freischütz, Leonora in Verdi’s Forza del Destino, Rachel in Halevy’s La Juive, Genevievre in Chaussons Le roi Artus. 

She’s sung Isolde in Oviedo, Rome, Rio de Janiero, Budapest, Leipzig, Dortmund, Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Innsbruck, Münster, Luxembourg, and the Festspielhaus in Salzburg, Brünnhilden in the Grand Théâtre de Genéve, the Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro di San Carlo in Napoli, La Fenice in Venice, Köln, Antwerp, Mannheim, Graz, Dortmund and Bonn. Salome at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Kassel, Mannheim and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. Kundry in Barcelona, Mannheim, Düsseldorf, Karlsruhe and Dortmund. Elektra in Saarbrücken, Seattle and Catania. She’s sung Elizabeth/Tannhäuser in Basel and Mannheim, where she sang Venus and Elizabeth together in one evening. 

She was awarded the Distinguished Artists Award for her performance of Salome in Philadelphia and was nominated for Singer of the Year by the Opernwelt for her performance of Isolde in Budapest. Ms Casselman first worked with Maestro Jeffrey Tate in Geneva with the Orchestre Suisse Romande doing Salome’s Schlussgesang, after which he hired her for the Walküre Production at the Teatro di San Carlo. He brought her again to Köln to do the Ring Cycle there with Robert Carsen, and again for Siegfried in Venice where she returned with him in June and July of 2009 for Götterdämmerung. 

2010 saw her in Catania with Elektra, Genua with Isolde, Palermo with Schönberg’s Orchester Lieder Op. 8 with Ivan Törzs conducting, Bari with Siegfried Brunnhilde and Wels, Austria for their Wagner Festival singing Isolde, where she returned to sing Isolde in June of 2011. In 2009 she opened her own Theater, the Kulturhof Huthmacher after extensive renovations, in Dierbach, in the southwest corner of Germany where she resides with her two children, a dog, and a lot of lavender.


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