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LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Staff Reporter, Singapore

San Pellegrino, Acqua Panna unveil 2013 Special Edition Tribute to Italian Opera

70 guests were invited to the event.

According to a release, in 17 April, S.Pellegrino, together with its natural still mineral water companion, Acqua Panna, held an unforgettable evening of remarkable Italian talent as they officially introduced their 2013 Special Edition – Tribute to Italian Opera, in celebration of the great Luciano Pavarotti. 

As part of the 17thWorld Gourmet Summit, Asia’s leading culinary event with the theme ‘Artisans & The Art Of Dining’, Sanpellegrino hosted an intimate gathering of 70 guests at Gattopardo complete with an exquisite five-course meal prepared by Chef Lino Sauro (Gattopardo), Chef Roberto De Franco (Zafferano) and Chef Oscar Pasinato (Buko Nero), on the evening of 17 April, 2013

The evening began with an exhibition of Sanpellegrino Italian Talent from previous years Bulgari and Missoni. Luxury brand Bulgari, proudly kicked off the evening with a dazzling fashion show featuring models with its magnificent jewellery and Francis Cheong gowns. For the main event, guests at Gattopardo were mesmerised by performances by accomplished Japanese lyrical soprano Satsuki Nagatome, American tenor Juan Jackson, and Singaporean pianist Francesca Lee. Together, they performed such arias as De’ miei bollenti spiriti by Verdi, E la solita storia del pastore by Francesco Cilea and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

Accompanying the beautiful performances was a five-course dinner of exquisite Italian cuisine, including Raviolo Alla “Norma” Con la Burrata e i Pachino (Basil & purple eggplant Ravioli, cherry tomatoes & burrata cheese – Chef De Franco), Quaglia Disossata in Padella alla “Scala Di Milano” (Pan-seared deboned quail on grilled polenta and white asparagus – Chef Pasinato) and Anguilla Affumicata nel suo Brodo “Bohémien” (Smoked eel in clear broth of green peas and fresh fava beans, Bellini style – Chef Sauro).

Each dish was paired with either fresh and fragrant S.Pellegrino, or smooth and velvety Acqua Panna, and a fine Italian wine from Mastroberardino, to provide the perfect Italian dining experience amongst the Sanpellegrino stars in Singapore.

Annabelle Rajamanikam, Area Manager of Sanpellegrino Asia, said, “We have received fantastic responses from our guests who attended the dinner where we launched the special edition bottles of Luciano Pavarotti, as the third edition under the global project of S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna meets Italian Talents. We are excited to see these 500ml and 1L bottles in Singapore from mid-May.”

The exclusive Special Edition “S.Pellegrino celebrates Luciano Pavarotti” will temporarily replace the standard S.Pellegrino bottle in the most refined restaurants around the world for a grand total of 50 million bottles. The same tribute to the maestro will be paid by Acqua Panna with its own Special Edition bottle.

This special, “S.Pellegrino celebrates Luciano Pavarotti” tribute takes place during a year that stands out for its wealth of important events and anniversaries in the world of Opera: the 200th anniversary of both Giuseppe Verdi’s and Richard Wagner’s births, as well as the 100th year of performances for the Arena di Verona Lyric festival.  

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