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Opera / Musical Dinners

Your already missed our 2019-2020 Season kick off with The New England Tenors' annual visit, plus an evening of Jazz with Vanessa Schukis and Frank Dibussolo! Then we started 2020 off by chasing away the post-holiday blues with a night called "Fat, Funny & Fabulous" with Scott Nicholas  and another return from Vanessa Schukis.

But here is the remainder
of our exciting season:


**March 19th (Thurs.) - Verrilli & Ostendorf - Their Greatest Hits
Innkeeper/baritone Tim Ostendorf and his life-long friend, soprano Catherine Verrilli perform a night of their "greatest hits" - from opera to musical theater. Featuring pianist Cassandra Marsh.


**April 16th (Thurs.) - "Little Shop of Horrors"
A horror, comedy, rock musical - why not!? With music by Alan Menken and lyrics and book by Howard Ashman, the story follows a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plan that feeds on human blood and flesh. With return guests soprano  Jessica Graae and pianist Sarah Bob.


**May 21st (Thurs.) - Gala Season FinaleAn evening of arias, duets and showtunes with help from past Opera Dinner guests: soprano Mary Bastoni, mezzo-soprano Vanessa Schukis and pianist Cassandra Marsh).

    **Unfortunately, because of the affect the Coronavirus is having on
    everyone, we have canceled our last three Opera Dinners of the season.
    We certainly hope all will be resolved soon and we'll be booking our
    2020-2021 season within the next few months!

Update: for various personal and business related issues, we have made the difficult decision not to reopen for dinner for the foreseeable future. Keeps your fingers crossed for a possible reopening in spring of 2022!

Dinners begin at 6:30pm (unless otherwise noted) with the performance given after the main course. Presiding over the evening is Tim Ostendorf – innkeeper and bartender (and yes... he was a classical voice major at Boston University!).

The cost is $65** (unless otherwise noted) per person and includes the dinner and performance/lecture.

**does not include alcohol, tax or gratuity

Make a night of it!
$279 per couple
The cost includes one nights lodging, the opera dinner and breakfast in the morning (does not include alcohol, tax or gratuity).




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. $65 per person; dinner starts at 6:30. Opera night is once a month (typically a Thursday) from September to May.

Julie Hatfield - The Boston Globe

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