Opera di Peroni – and a treat at Glyndebourne

A wee while back I told you about a fabulous night at the opera courtesy of Peroni. The review piece I was writing has been published by The Guardian, so I can show you my own pics from a very bizarre (and enjoyable) night out.

I can also reveal that, with my opera cherry well and truly popped, I’ve been invited to the world famous Glyndebourne in a couple of weeks to see the Ravel Double Bill – wowser.

As well as taking in the fabulous sights and sounds of the performance (and a champagne picnic, natch) I’m also on a very special mission; last year, New Yorker Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style (one of my heroes) snapped lots of stylish attendees at the event for The Guardian. For 2012, I’m sharing the hot seat with Isabelle OC and we’re photographing the most stylish audience members exclusively for our blogs – how exciting is that? Now all I need to figure out is what I’m going to wear.

Hope you likey the Peroni pics…

The event took place outdoors, under a temporary structure in Triton Square near Warren Street (London)
We were greeted by Peroni ushers
In the absence of a stage, this was the only clue that a performance taking place
Guests were treated to traditional “aperitivo”
Getting stuck in to the antipasti
The performers suddenly launched into the first aria, mingling amongst the audience and using the bar as a prop
We were in the thick of the action
I loved the costumes: They were designed by Camille Roman of Tour de Force
The custom-built bar becomes the stage
Performers are on, around and behind that bar
High drama towards the climax of the performance
Hearing these guys belt out the opera on such “equal” terms was super special
My fave costume of the night (I was in the loo just before the performance kicked off and this lady in green was doing her vocal exercises right next to me)
Post-show, congratulating the girls
The pianist told me she felt “like Cheryl Cole in David Koma” because of the embellishments around her neck
I interviewed musical producer Kwes for The Guardian piece and he is super nice (and v talented)
I was going green – am taking that there skirt to Paris with me tomorrow
It was all about Peroni – you can still get tickets for Opera di Peroni events in Liverpool and Glasgow during August

Written by Johanna Payton