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Premier Subaru was the official "Divas Stage" sponsor of the 1st Annual Operapalooza on the New Haven Green, Saturday, August 20, 2016.  The event was hosted by renowned mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer of the Metropolitan Opera.  The outdoor stage featured some of Italian opera's greatest hits, including works from Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Mozart, and others, sung by Connecticut's rising opera stars: 

Dean Murphy

Karolina Wojteczko

Katie Weiser

Steve Valenzuela

Janani Sridhar

Charles Widmer

Jennifer Caraluzzi

Erick Sanchez

Emma Schoetz

Benedetta Cordaro

Hallie Lavin

Edwin Rodrigue

The event was attended by about 3,000 people, who got to enjoy a fine variety of Italian Food before settling down for a night at the opera.  There was a Food Emporium Tent and food trucks offering some of the best pizza and Italian food New Haven has to offer! Although originally listed as a "tasting tent", there were enough samples to make a full meal for anyone!  With great food, great music, and perfect weather, a great time was had by all.   


David Taylor, General Sales Manager of Premier Subaru, was on stage to welcome people to the event.  He was mentioned in the New Haven Independent, as having "turned his speech into a Dean Martin routine".  Examples - Opener: "Let's hear it for the best pizza in the world."  Interlude: "I'm sweating up here like Tom Jones at Mohegan Sun, so bear with me."  Closer: "I'm here all week.  Try the veal."   

Those expecting the rest of the night to be suddenly serious were mistaken, in the best way.