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Discussions and demonstrations (via recordings and live singing) on various operas and a four-course dinner. It's part education, part entertainment and a whole lot of fun!

The Boston Globe


October 2, 2005

By Julie Hatfield

Plenty of sweet little New England inns have good chefs and sophisticated menus, and most of them play recorded music for your dining pleasure, but how many can offer you a night at the opera, complete with a lecture, recordings of various versions of the opera, and a couple of arias sung by the innkeeper? All this while serving a specially planned, four-course dinner that complements the setting of that night’s opera.

Nights at the Opera at the Inn at Crystal Lake, in the village of Eaton Center, N.H., feature Tim Ostendorf – innkeeper, Boston University music school graduate and talented baritone – in sellout nights of culture in the White Mountains. $55 per person; dinner starts at 6:30. Opera night is the third or fourth Thursday of each month from September to May.

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"A Night at the Opera"
Something a little different has been happening at the Inn at Crystal Lake. Since January of 2005, Tim Ostendorf, one of the owners of the inn, has been presenting once a month musically themed dinners.
2016-2017 Opera Dinner Schedule

Thursday, May 18th
Gala Season Finale - A night of arias & showtunes with Mary Bastoni, Vanessa Schukis & Cassandra Marsh

From this season, you've already missed:
The New England Tenors
West Side Story - Bernstein (with Mary Bastoni & Cassandra Marsh)
History of Great Singers: Icons Caruso, Callas & Sills hosted by William Cotten
       of The Boston Conservatory Voice Faculty
Food, Glorious Food! - Featuring Lee Hoiby's “Bon Appétit”
       (with Vanessa Schukis Scott Nicholas)
An evening of arias & duets (with Rachele Schmiege & Stefan Barner)
The King and I - Rodgers (with Catherine Verrilli & Cassandra Marsh)

Christmas Opera Dinner!!

And it's never too early to start planning the holidays - although our 2017-2018 schedule won't be finalized until this summer, this December will be our first ever Christmas Opera Dinners:

Friday & Saturday, December 1st & 2nd
A night of holiday music - both classical and popular - with Mary Bastoni, Vanessa Schukis & Cassandra Marsh; hosted, as always, by innkeeper Tim Ostendorf

Dinners begin at 6:30pm, opera lectures at 7pm and will be given by Tim Ostendorf – innkeeper and bartender (and yes, he was a classical voice major in college!).

The cost is $60* per person and includes the dinner and performance/lecture.

*does not include alcohol, tax or gratuity

Make a night of it!
$255 per couple
The cost includes one nights lodging, the opera dinner and breakfast in the morning (does not include alcohol, tax or gratuity).


The New England Tenors (with Rachele Schmiege & Tim Ostendorf)
Annie Get Your Gun - Berlin (with Mary Edes & Sarah Bob)
History of Great Singers: Leontyne Price (hosted by William Cotten of The Boston 
       Conservatory Voice Faculty)
Closer than Ever - Shire (
with Vanessa Schukis & Scott Nicholas)
Cabaret - Kander (with Cassandra Marsh)
My Fair Lady - Loewe (with Catherine Verrilli & Sarah Bob)
The Art of Auditioning - hosted by Sharon Daniels; Associate Professor of Music at
    Boston University's College of Fine Arts with:
        Sara Womble - soprano
        Alexandra Rodrick - mezzo-soprano
        David Evans - tenor
        Darrick Speller - baritone
Gala Season Finale - Arias & showtunes... highlighting the musical Mame
(with Mary Bastoni, Vanessa Schukis & Cassandra Marsh)

The Magic Flute - Mozart (with Mary Bastoni & Sarah Bob)
Company - Sondheim (with Cassandra Marsh)
The New England Tenors
They're Playing Our Song - Hamlisch (with Vanessa Schukis & Scott Nicholas)
Sweeny Todd - Sondheim (with Catherine Verrilli & Sarah Bob)
The Art of Auditioning - hosted by Johnathon Pape; Director of Opera Studies at
    The Boston Conservatory with:
       Anna Bridgman - soprano
       Abigail Dock - mezzo-soprano
       Eric Ferring - tenor
       Simon Dyer - bass-baritone
Gala Season Finale - Traditional arias & showtunes... highlighting the classic musical
(with Mary Bastoni, Vanessa Schukis & Cassandra Marsh)

Don Giovanni - Mozart (with Mary Bastoni, Jeffrey Hartman & Cassandra Marsh)
The Fantasticks - Schmidt (with Mary Edes & Sarah Bob)
Romance/Romance - Herrmann
(with Vanessa Schukis & Scott Nicholas)
La Bohème - Puccini
(with Mary Bastoni & Sarah Bob)
Camelot - Loewe (with Catherine Verrilli & Sarah Bob)
The New England Tenors
Gala Season Finale - Traditional arias & showtunes (with Mary Bastoni, Vanessa
      Schukis &
Cassandra Marsh)

The Marriage of Figaro - Mozart (with Sarah White & Sarah Bob)
The Music Man - Willson
(with Catherine Verrilli & Sarah Bob)
I Do! I Do! - Schmidt
(with Vanessa Schukis & Scott Nicholas)
The Gondoliers - Sullivan (with Jessica Graae & Sarah Bob)
Kiss Me, Kate - Porter (with Mary Edes & Sarah Bob)
The New England Tenors
The Most Happy Fella - Loesser (with Jessica Graae & Cassandra Marsh)

La Bohème - Puccini (with Jessica Graae & Sarah Bob)
Fiddler on the Roof - Bock (with Mary Edes & Ellen Schwindt)
The Sound of Music - Rodgers (with Mary Edes & Ellen Schwindt)
The Mikado - Sullivan (with Jessica Graae & Ellen Schwindt)
South Pacific - Rodgers (with George Wiese)
Chicago - Kander (with Sarah Bob)

The Magic Flute - Mozart
The Yeomen of the Guard - Sullivan (with Catherine Verrilli & Ann DuHamel)
Man of La Mancha - Leigh
Carmen - Bizet
Guys & Dolls - Loesser (with Mary Edes & Ben DiScipio)
Così fan tutte - Mozart (with Jessica Graae & Floyd Corson)
Into the Woods - Sondhiem (with Mary Edes & Ellen Schwindt)


West Side Story - Bernstein (with Jessica Graae)
Don Giovanni - Mozart (with Catherine Verrilli)
Messiah - Handel
South Pacific - Rodgers
My Fair Lady - Loewe
The Marriage of Figaro - Mozart (with Jessica Graae)
Show Boat - Kern


Oklahoma! - Rodgers
La Traviata - Verdi
Man of La Mancha - Leigh
Messiah - Handel (with Catherine Verrilli)
Camelot - Loewe
Kiss Me, Kate - Porter
La Bohème - Puccini
Carousel - Rodgers (with Jessica Graae)


West Side Story - Bernstein
Il Trovatore - Verdi
The Most Happy Fella - Loesser
Manon Lescaut - Puccini
The Yeomen of the Guard - Sullivan
The Barber of Seville - Rossini
A Little Night Music - Sondheim

Faust - Gounod
The Ballad of Baby Doe - Moore
The Marriage of Figaro - Mozart
Rigoletto - Verdi
La Bohème - Puccini
Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci - Mascagni & Leoncavllo
Tosca - Puccini

Porgy and Bess - Gershwin
Don Giovanni - Mozart
Manon - Massenet
La Bohème - Puccini
Lucia di Lammermoor - Donizetti
Le Comte Ory - Rossini
Aida - Verdi
The Magic Flute - Mozart
Turandot - Puccini

Così fan tutte - Mozart
Carmen - Bizet
Madama Butterfly - Puccini
La Traviata - Verdi
L'Elisir d'Amore - Donizetti
Ariadne auf Naxos - R. Strauss


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