Drink in the sound
MAGNVM OPVS tasting concerts strives to change the way you engage with the often intimidating worlds of wine and classical singing. Join us as we bring together our world-class team of experts in the fields of wine and song for our next unique event.
Many exciting collaborations pending.
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Long Beach Opera
American Lyric Theater Gala
Opera Deer Valley Music Festival
What is a Tasting Concert?
Did you know that the descriptions used by wine experts to describe wine parallel the terms that musicians use to describe the elements of a classical voice?
...clear, bright, round, smoky, opulent, bold, medium-bodied...
Matthew Burns, an internationally acclaimed bass-baritone with a passion for wine, created MAGNVM OPVS tasting concerts to explore how perfectly the language of wine appreciation is set up to help audiences gain a deeper understanding of the classical voice - and vice versa!
At a MAGNVM OPVS tasting concert, audiences are guided through a traditional wine tasting process, an exploration which uses the senses of sight, smell, taste, and touch. Only one is missing: sound. Matthew solved this by building the wine tastings around specific singers, presenting specially curated wines alongside musical selections specifically chosen to highlight the parallels in both voice and wine.
Most people boil down their opinions of these art forms to one adjective - “sweet”, "sharp", “strident” - or, even more simply, to a black-and-white statement: “I don’t like it” or “I love it!” After an evening with our singers and experts, we hope our guests will have a more informed palate and the ability to discern and express what they hear and taste.
Our intimate, salon-style programs promise to change the way our guests think about wine and song!
TESTIMONIALS & MEDIA
"Having enjoyed this unique concert last year, I urge you to join us. It is a treat to be able to hear music and compare it to the taste of wine - a wonderful sensory experience."
- Anna Singer, Pittsburgh
Matthew Burns, Founder & President
Daniel Teadt, Co-Founder & Vice-President
Anne-Carolyn Bird, Vice-President for Operations
Laura Ward, Chief Musical Advisor
Cait and Charles Lamberton
R. Aaron Thomann
David Keck, Master Sommelier
Anne-Carolyn Bird, soprano
David Kravitz, baritone
Tom Muraco, pianist
Djordje Nesic, pianist
Marco Nistico, baritone
Daniel Teadt, baritone
Laura Ward, pianist
Caroline Worra, soprano