WHAT: Acclaimed operatic singer Benjamin De Los Monteros presents a one-of-a-kind musical experience. His latest endeavor: Opera & Opulence promises to be an evening of the FINE: a great opera, delicacies, and fashion.
The long-awaited event is set at the 1st Ward Events housed inside the Chop Shop, features a modern, urban-loft space for this performance, a state-of-the-art audio/visual package, built-in amenities, including 2 bars and variety of charcuterie for guests to partake in. Benjamin De Los Monteros has performed many essential lead-tenor roles such as Rodolfo in La Boheme, Don Jose in Carmen, and Cavaradossi in Tosca. When Benjamin takes the stage – the audience are captivated by his powerful vocals and charismatic persona. The guests will be treated to a performance of featured selections of opera arias from his past roles, and contemporary classical hits. This performance will forever impact the way you experience opera!
A highlight of the evening is a fashion show presentation produced by Benjamin Cottrell Designs, contrasting the genre of opera with hip-hop and house beats, while the winner of the prestigious Oscars Designer Challenge in 2011, a well-known Chicago designer Borris «BJP» Powell showcases his newest luxury line. The models’ hair is styled by Kovo Salon.
The evening will be complemented by tantalizing hors d’oeuvres, French charcuterie cuisine and cocktails.
Valet parking is available, as well as Meet and Greet with photos & After Party Access for VIP ticket holders.
** Semi-formal dress encouraged **
Order your tickets now: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/823199
WHEN: April 23, 2015, 7pm – 10pm
WHERE: Chop Shop — 1st Ward Events, 2033 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL
WHY: Benjamin De Los Monteros is proud to partner with a Chicago Bear, Israel Idonije, to raise awareness and funding for The Israel Idonije Foundation — a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to impacting under-served communities by providing programs focused on social and emotional life skills.
About Benjamin De Los Monteros
Benjamin De Los Monteros has distinguished himself as a dynamic performer throughout the U.S.A. Benjamin, studied Opera at Bob Jones University and Roosevelt University and Chicago College of Performing Arts. Some of Benjamin’s most recent engagements have been as Rodolfo/La Boheme, and the tenor soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Benjamin has also appeared in productions of Elisir d’amore and Faust along with early roles or covered roles of Flaminio/Il trionfo del onore, Don Giovanni/Gazzaniga’s Don Giovanni. He has also covered the role of Fritz in L’amico Fritz and the tenor solo for Beethoven’s Mass in C Major. Other oratorio solo performances consist of Messiah and Schubert’s Mass in G. Benjamin is excited to perform Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni and is most recently Cavaradossi/Tosca.
He hopes to revive the lush music and to recreate that romantic era of Italian Neapolitan songs from Italian Classic Symphonies, A Night at the Opera and American Pop classic!
About The Israel Idonije Foundation
The Israel Idonije Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, committed to impacting underserved communities by providing programs focused on social and emotional life skills. See more information here: http://israelidonije.org/
About Borris Powell
Luxury in Men’s and Women’s Fashion has a new name: Borris Powell. He was the winner of the prestigious Oscars Designer Challenge in 2011 and received numerous accolades in the local and national press, including Lucky and Elle. Born in Alabama, the passionate designer developed his dreams of a career in fashion early on in life. Throughout his childhood, his lifelong dream would take shape while observing his mother preparing for a night out on the town, or even a Sunday visit to church. He trained his young eyes on color and silhouette, and would often advise her on style choices. Then, while everyone was away, he would sneak into the living room to play with the sewing machine and develop his craft.
Inspired by the masterful shapes of Christian Dior; Powell followed his dreams and moved to Chicago to start his design career in 1997. Over the following decade, at the consistent urging of his friends, he pursued his vision with an infectious entrepreneurial spirit and creativity that has built him a devoted following. His trademark silhouettes have the comforting familiarity of his early authentic memories mixed with a chic nod to high-end city life.
When you look good, you feel good and everything else will fall into place.