There was a buffet dinner preceding last night’s performance of ‘Carmen’ by the Connecticut Opera at Mortenson Hall at the Bushnell.
The meal was more exciting than the opera. The sets, costumes and lighting were drab and the principals’ singing lacked emotion, verve and depth. Neely Bruce gave a rambling pre-performance talk.
The dinner was presented in the beautiful Seavern’s Room. The tables were set for eight with white china and white orchids. My dinner partners were interesting conversationalists.
The menu, catered by Max at the Bushnell, included Penne with Smoked Turkey, a Salad of Mesclun Greens with Beets, Marinated Root Vegetables and Goat Cheese, Broccoli in a Cream Sauce with a Crumb Topping, Herbed Roasted Potatoes and an Orzo/Vegetable Salad. Dessert was a Pear Tart. Coffee and Tea were served and a Cash Bar was available.