The Composer’s Table Dinner was an IBM/Opera Australia dinner held at the exquisite History House in Macquarie Street, Sydney. Securing this venue with the Royal Australian Historical Society was a coup for Valerie as the building was not normally used for this purpose.
24 guests were seated at a long classically decorated table for a unique eight-course meal prepared by five chefs. Three of the dishes were the favourites of composers Puccini, Verdi and Rossini, whose arias were performed as the guests ate. Fine wines approximated as closely as possible what would have been consumed with each dish during the composers’ time. The spectacular continuous table centrepiece and authentic Victorian-era setting created an enchanting ambience, completed by touches such as menus dyed with cold tea to evoke aged paper.