Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Operatic options

Opera Carolina serves up specials for National Opera Week (Nov. 13-22). On Nov. 19, The Palm offers Opera Ventura from 6-8 p.m., a lineup of hors d'oeuvres, wines and cheeses, plus a Wheel-of-Fortune-like game show called "Opera Wheel," in which guests spin for prizes and operatic singing. $20; 704-332-7177 ext. 210.

Blue wraps up the week with a champagne reception and five-course meal with live opera Nov. 22. mong the offerings: seared quail breast, with "Tonight" from "West Side Story"; Tega Hills mixed greens with "Rusalka's Song to the Moon" from "Rusalka" and "Impossible Dream" from "Man of La Mancha"; pan-seared grouper or slow-cooked beef short ribs with "You'll Never Walk Alone" from "Carousel" and "Les Poissons" from "The Little Mermaid"; and more. Reservations required. Hearst Tower uptown; $65; 704-927-2583.