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Opera at Stock Restaurant with Gordo

Three Tenors and fine Italian dining at Stock

Published on May 20th 2010.

Opera at Stock Restaurant with Gordo

Gordo went to an Opera night at Stock restaurant back in March; he wasn’t looking forward to it. Like many nights that you don’t fancy going to, this one turned out to be magical. Stock is housed in the old stock exchange here in Manchester. It is a beautiful space, refurbished with great sympathy by Enzo Mauro, the godfather of real Italian chefs here in the North West.

Gordo is now so much of a fan he has decided that a night has to be put on for Manchester Confidential.

Mauro started his occasional Opera Nights many years ago and they sell out quickly to his home crowd. The reason for that is a mixture of a super silky atmosphere, great food and the singers themselves. Add to that a room that is acoustically designed to bounce voices around and you get a night out that you simply won’t forget.

Arriving on the night, the place was lit by candles, with row upon row of flutes full of champagne for the guests. That candle light does strange things, everyone looks fabulous, it softens the room. It certainly softened Gordo’s mood.

The menu was Italian. Not pretend Anglo-Italian, mind you. Thinly sliced Capocollo (air dried pork shoulder rolled in herbs and spices) was served with roast beetroot and mozzarella salad. A risotto was built with creamed artichokes, lemon and parmesan with a deft touch of mint.

A rump of roast lamb had been marinated in garlic and rosemary, then laid on a puree of white beans which was a stunning dish harking back to a Tuscan farmhouse kitchen. Finally, the homemade Sicilian lemon tart was served with a scoop of basil sorbet. This meal, served to maybe one hundred and fifty people in one go, was a masterclass that could teach every other Italian restaurant in town a lesson.

The opera? Mozart, Puccini and and Verdi, with a little Gershwin thrown in, was delivered by three professional singers, Amando Forbes, soprano, Miranda Westcroft, mezzo soprano and Blake Fischer, tenor. They were led by Martyn Parkes on the piano. This team were good already; the acoustics in the room made you think you were in the Sydney Opera house.

Gordo is now so much of a fan he has decided that a night has to be put on for Manchester Confidential. This time, it’s going to be the Three Tenors. Held on 1st July, it will be a truly memorable, and enjoyable evening, where the world class Opera experience is matched with excellence in food and wine.

The special one-off ‘Three Tenors Evening’ will be performed by 3 distinguished tenors and a pianist, who between them have performed throughout the UK and worldwide with companies including: Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Opera Australia (Sydney Opera House), Cape Town Opera (South Africa), and venues such as Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields, Tokyo and Tel Aviv Concert Halls to name but a few.

As always, availability is limited and tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. They cost just £49 per person, including a champagne reception from 7pm, followed by a stunning three course menu like the one above and the fabulous Opera experience.

You can reserve your place now by paying a £15 deposit. The balance of £34pp will then be taken on the night.

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