Indonesia Opera Society Anniversary Gala

The Indonesian Opera Society presented a gala performance to mark its 10th anniversary at The Dharmawangsa Jakarta on September 7, 2016.


The Indonesian Opera Society presented a gala performance to mark its 10th anniversary at The Dharmawangsa Jakarta on September 7, 2016.

THE CITY’S OPERA LOVERS enjoyed a performance of Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, Mozart and more, directed by Erza S.T., the Founder and Executive Producer of the Indonesian Opera Society, at the Segarra Ballroom of The Dharmawangsa Jakarta.

“As the only opera society in the country, we have finally arrived our first decade on presenting classical music and opera culture to Indonesian people,” Erza said of the reason underlying the celebration.

Ten assembled sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, tenors, baritones and bassists hailed from world over, including  Armenia, Belgium, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Italy, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Spain and Sweden, enchanted the audience.


The impressive line up of artists include sopranos Gayane Vardanyan of Armenia, Evelyn Merrelita of Indonesia and Anna Dinna Migallos of The Philipines.

Conductor Hikotaro Yazaki from Japan led the Nusantara Symphony Orchestra, which also featured the renowned composer Ananda Sukarlan performing his Fantasia Selendang Sutra.

The world-class performances were preceded by a tantalizing dinner realized in vegetarian, meat and fish options by chefs Petty Elliott, Gilles Marx and Felix Budisetiawan respectively and a cocktail hour serving Johnie Walker Blue Label scotch whiskey in artistically designed bottles curated by ISA Art Advisory.

Presenting her unique Manadonese background, Petty Elliot presented a modern vegetarian take on the famous Bubur Menado.


“It contains the same elements of the traditional one, but I presented a risotto-like texture,” Petty spoke of the dish that contain rice, sweet potato, corn and spinach seasoned with basil, lemon grass and lime, also accompanied by the punchy sambal roa.

Through the dish, Petty said that she wanted something different and an elevation of the humble porridge. “It started as a humble dish but it is very structural and colorful,” she explained.

Established in 2006, Indonesia Opera Society has successfully produced several opera events in Jakarta over the years. The ‘mini’ operas, although they were organized on a complete opera production, include Gian Carlo Menotti’s ‘The Telephone’ (2007 and 2016), Mozart’s ‘Die Schauspieldirektor’ (2007), ‘Bastien und Bastienne’ (2007), and Pergolesi’s ‘La Serva Padrona’ (2008 and 2010).

“Even in big cities where the opera community is much larger than in Indonesia, an opera gala dinner of this scale is very rarely produced due to the degree of difficulty in its organization,” Erza remarked.


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Written by Andre Arditya Photographs by Yosua Yanuard October 8, 2016.