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Brunching before La Traviata

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Utah Opera is celebrating its 35th anniversary season this year with some opera favorites. Currently in production is Verdi’s La Traviata—an Italian opera set in Paris. If you’re familiar with Moulin Rouge, you’ll understand this story well as the movie was certainly influenced by it.

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The summary by the Utah Opera reads: “This is the story of Violetta, a Parisian courtesan who must battle the twin demons of consumption and a broken heart. Hers is the ultimate operatic life, one filled with grand parties, grander sacrifices, and some of Verdi's most memorable music.”

The final performance of this season’s La Traviata is Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the newly renovated Capitol Theatre. Tickets are still available.

A perfect precursor to an afternoon at the opera is a decadent brunch (and delicious cocktails if you desire) at one of Salt Lake’s fine restaurants. Here are just a few suggestions:

Just across the street from Capitol, you’ll find Bambara serving brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with bar service beginning at 11:30 a.m. You can read my full review here.

Or, stop by Grand America’s Garden Café for a Sunday Brunch buffet worthy of Violetta and Flora’s envy. It’s available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $49 for adults. My full review can be read here.

Eva also offers a wonderful brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in a bright and happening atmosphere.

Less formal but still delightful options in the area also include Bourbon House and Gracie's Bar.

So get your tickets, make your brunch reservation and have a delightful Sunday downtown!

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