Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Opera meets Food & Wine at Simonsig’s Cuvée Restaurant

Thursday, 5 September 2013
Escape to the world of opera at Simonsig Estate for a memorable evening of fine food, wine and arias performed by the all-star South African cast of Madama Butterfly at Cuvée Restaurant on Thursday, 5 September 2013.

For this special evening in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, Head Chef Lucas Carstens has designed a menu with flavours of the orient to reflect Puccini’s operatic masterpiece. The overture of seared tuna with daikon salad followed by a green tea refresher will set the scene for the more dramatic Springbok loin served with oriental mushroom duxelle. For his grand finale, Lucas has chosen Mitsumame, a delicious Japanese sundae.

Hailing from various parts of South Africa the young and upcoming Madama Butterfly singers who will be entertaining Cuvée guests, include the award winning tenor, Tshepo Moagi, portraying the role of Pinkerton, mezzo soprano Nonhlanhla Yende as Kate Pinkerton, soprano Arline Jaftha as Butterfly and baritone Mandisinde Mbuyazwe as Sharpless.

Cuvée’s Madama Butterfly dinner costs R 500 per person and includes a glass of Simonsig wine with each course. Booking is essential and for your safety, let Scooter Angels be your designated driver at special rates to Cuvée guests. For reservations or more information contact Cuvée restaurant on Tel: (021) 888 4932 or send an email to

Opera lovers can enjoy the full production of Madama Butterfly produced by Christine Crouse at Artscape from 19 to 27 September 2013 or attend the special gala performance on Saturday, 21 September at 18h00. For more information or book your tickets online at Computicket.

Simonsig Wine Estate is located outside Stellenbosch, on the Kromme Rhee road between the R44 and R304. For more information on Simonsig Estate visit