Date Night Idea: Opera Memphis and Ciao Bella Dinner

Date Night Idea: Opera Memphis and Ciao Bella Dinner

What's better than this date night idea: attend an opera about a sexy jerk who makes everyone hate him and then gets what's coming to him? A date night where you also get some fun prizes and a dinner at Ciao Bella, of course.

** Congrats to our winner, Molly Oster, who is taking her boyfriend to the opera and a dinner at Ciao Bella this week!***

Photo via Opera Memphis on Facebook

In all seriousness: this Thursday and Saturday, Opera Memphis performs Don Giovanni, Mozart's famous opera version of "Don Juan", and it's going to be genuinely amazing. If you haven't had a chance to see/hear Memphis' very own opera company, know that the musicians and singers are incredibly talented, the sets and costumes are lovely, and you'll be glad you tried something new.

Tickets range from $33 - $74 depending on seats, and the show is at 7:30 p.m. at GPAC both nights. Don Giovanni is really more for adult audiences. If you do want to take your kids to the opera, Opera Memphis is putting on kid-friendly Hansel & Gretel in mid-January.

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The Giveaway Part.  (ended)

** Congrats to our winner, Molly Oster, who is taking her boyfriend to the opera and a dinner at Ciao Bella this week!***
If you're a little strapped for cash but still want to take your sweetie out for a night of culture and delicious Italian food, no worries. Opera Memphis is giving away a pair of tickets, a bottle of wine and a pair of glasses, plus some snazzy masks, and Ciao Bella is offering a $50 gift card so you can enjoy your Italian opera after an Italian dinner.

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Photo provided by Ciao Bella

How to win: All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post, telling me who you'll take on your date and what night you want to go. I'll pick a winner at random in 24 hours (Wednesday at 9:30ish) and update this post with their name.

The winner will be responsible for meeting me this week to pick up the prizes and for calling Opera Memphis to set up the tickets.

Go there:
Opera Memphis' Don Giovanni
Thursday, October 9 and Saturday, October 11
7:30 p.m.
Germantown Performing Arts Center
$33 - $74 - buy tickets here

Ciao Bella is in East Memphis at 565 Erin Drive; it's open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and for dinner starting at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. They have a pretty mouth-watering Instagram account. See their menu and more info at

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I need a date night with my wonderful husband we have not been out by are selfs for 4 months! We love going to play's and I love Opera. My husband has never seen a Opera so you could help me show him what he has been missing! 
October 7, 2014 9:54am
Dedra Theoret
I will be taking my husband who is my all...Father, Husband,Active Duty Military, A hero to his children, A man of Faith....
October 7, 2014 9:56am
Thomas (Dillon…
I'd take my wife Kaitlyn with me.. We've had a crazy few weeks with Surgery at Le Bonheur, time away from work to care for our little one post op and doing it all SOLO.. To have the means to go out to something such as this would be wonderful! Thanks for the consideratoin!
October 7, 2014 9:57am
bret kilgore
I would love to take my wife out for an actual date. As proud parents to a 11 year old and a 1 year old activities are often centered around the kids and would be nice to have a night out together. We havent had the opportunity to enjoy opera memphis but would love for this to be the first. Thursday nights work best because the opportunity to find a sitter on a weekend requires an act of congress
October 7, 2014 10:01am
I want to take my wife on Saturday!
October 7, 2014 10:03am
I'll surprise my beautiful, charming girlfriend by taking her. I want to take her on Saturday night.
October 7, 2014 10:07am
Sounds like a great cultural experience. I would take my husband for a lovely date night!
October 7, 2014 10:09am
Oops!  Thursday would work better for us. 
October 7, 2014 10:10am
Patricia Freire
My husband and I would love to go to the opera.  It is such a privilege to have wonderful music, opera and theatre in Memphis.  We should all do what we can to support the arts.
October 7, 2014 10:12am
Renee-hungry monster
Wow, what a great giveaway!  I'd love to take my boyfriend on Saturday, 10/11.  We are both pretty strapped for cash, so we don't do many fancy dates ;)  This sounds super fun!
October 7, 2014 10:12am
Trish Matthews
I would love to take my sweet husband on Saturday, October 11th. 
October 7, 2014 10:13am
I'd love to take my boyfriend on Thursday night. I have been wanting to see an Opera Memphis performance for quite some time now. 
October 7, 2014 10:14am
Kellyn Gowen
I would love to take my husband, Kyle, for his birthday! These parents of two could use a night out this Saturday. 
October 7, 2014 10:17am
Faylisa Fox
I would love to win this as a belated anniversary gift to my husband of 23 years Kevin Fox and spend the weekend in Memphsis.
October 7, 2014 10:20am
I have a pilot friend who will be in town that weekend. He is always talking about trying to be a ladies man. It would be a nice gesture to show him how much better it can be to be a good guy in the long run while also treating him to a great night in his hometown.
October 7, 2014 10:24am
Angel Stowe
I would take my husband on Saturday. We would love a date night (sans 2-year old), and I've never seen an opera!
October 7, 2014 10:26am
Natalie Jerden
I would love to take my boyfriend, who will just be arriving from a mission in Afghanistan, on Saturday for his birthday! 
October 7, 2014 10:35am
Savannah Burton
I would love to take my best friend who is in town this week from Pittsburgh to the Thursday night showing. What a fun girls night this would be! 
October 7, 2014 10:40am
Elizabeth Ennis
I would love to treat my Dad to dinner and this show since he has been treating me to dinner and Orpheum shows for over 25 years! He would love it!!
October 7, 2014 10:41am
Ben R.
Awesome giveaway!!!  I'd like to surprise my girlfriend with opera tickets and dinner at Ciao Bella on Saturday night!!  Fingers crossed. 
October 7, 2014 10:42am
LeAnne Griffith
Saturday! And I'd take my amazing sister since my husband would not enjoy the opera
October 7, 2014 10:51am
Josh Campbell
I would take my wife. It is her birthday this month. We have never been to the opera. I could go Saturday 
October 7, 2014 10:56am
Amber Hasty Mills
I would love to take my husband on Saturday! I've never been to the opera and am always looking for new experiences!
October 7, 2014 10:59am
A rare Thursdate with my hubby would be awesome!
October 7, 2014 11:09am
Tina Sullivan
My husband has been cheering me on, cooking for me, rubbing my tired feetsies, and generally being a saint while I train for my first half-marathon, which we are both running this Sunday, and for which he generously paid my registration fee. I would love to take him to Ciao Bella on Thursday where we can carbo-load with impunity and then go enjoy some opera "for adult audiences", because we both LOVE Opera Memphis.
October 7, 2014 11:19am
Kade D.
I would absolutely be thrilled to be able to take my wife to this event! It would be our first experience at the Opera.
October 7, 2014 11:21am
I would love to drag my husband to the opera on Thursday. I kid I kid.... No, really. :)
October 7, 2014 11:23am
Would love to go on Thursday! It is my husband and I's 15th wedding anniversary and, as full time Ph.D. grad students and parents, we rarely get the opportunity to get out due to time and budget constraints. We would love to see Opera Memphis for the first time!
October 7, 2014 11:24am
Amber Anna
i would love to take my boyfriend Kyle on Saturday - neither of us have ever been to the opera before!
October 7, 2014 11:28am
I'd love to take my boyfriend.  We're both strapped for cash these days and have spent too many nights in. So a nice night out like this would be so relaxing!  :-)
October 7, 2014 11:47am
Hi! This is Megan and I would love to take my boyfriend (Matthew) to the opera! We just moved to midtown Memphis and have been enjoying doing different things and eating at different places. I would love to attend Thursday and I think if you pick us to go this would be a great thing to add to our list of awesome places we've gotten to go! PICK US
October 7, 2014 11:48am
Ariel Antonio
This would be great for the wife and me. A nice little outing before the offspring #2 is born
October 7, 2014 12:14pm
Daniela G
This is a great giveaway idea and I would love to take my boyfriend on Saturday!
October 7, 2014 12:23pm
I would take my fiancé on Saturday night! He just moved here from CA and I am helping him fall in love with Memphis too:)
October 7, 2014 12:44pm
Laura manning
I'd love to go on a much needed date night with my husband . We've never been to an opera, I'd love this to be the first!
October 7, 2014 12:48pm
Emily Overholser
I'd take my incredible husband, Stephen, for our date night on Thursday. We haven't been to the Opera, and would love the opportunity!! Our skinny budget thanks you for the chance! Ps love Memphis
October 7, 2014 1:04pm
I would surprise my husband. Thursday works best for us!
October 7, 2014 1:12pm
What a great date night idea. I'd love to take my wonderful wife to a night at the Opera with all these great offerings
October 7, 2014 1:23pm
I would love to take my husband, who is in the thick of his second year of dental school at UTHSC. After 37 hours worth of classes each week, it would be a welcome break on Saturday. The opera would be a first for us both—I'm guessing it will become a favorite next to Ciao Bella!
October 7, 2014 1:40pm
Hari W
I'll take Justin Timberlake. And if that fails my best friend and I will have a girl's night out!
October 7, 2014 1:40pm
Victor Sawyer
If she's available Thursday night I would love to take the always delightful Ms. Holly Whitfield!
October 7, 2014 1:47pm
Holly Whitfield

Victor, you're a dear. If you win theis random drawing I will totally go with you! 

October 7, 2014 1:50pm
Alexandra DeMartini
If I were to win this, I would totally take my man candy, Peter O'Malley, on Saturday night! He's been out of town for work, but comes back Friday! We've never seen Memphis Opera and Italian is our favorite! 
October 7, 2014 2:37pm
Sarah-Kay P.
I would suprise my parents with tickets for the Saturday showing. They've been so great about making sure I have everything I need for school and I'd love to be able to give them this to show how much I appreciate them. 
October 7, 2014 3:23pm
I would love to take my husband Thursday night! 
October 7, 2014 3:24pm
I would take my wife, Rachel on Thursday.  We are expecting our 3rd child in April so things are soon to be very busy.  Our 2 children are at Disney World with the granparents for fall break.  It's a rare occasion for a great date night without having to get a babysitter.
October 7, 2014 3:53pm
I'd love to take my boyfriend Peter, who deserves a date night for being such a great guy! Thursday would be ideal. 
October 7, 2014 4:47pm
Kaitlin Edwards
I would take the sweet angel Erica, who keeps me sane through the workdays and meets me for cupcakes whenever I'm having a rough day! We'd love to go to Thursday's performance.   
October 7, 2014 5:49pm
Yolonda Johnso…
I will take my husband, Melvin. We both love cultural events, wine, and we could use the masks for even more fun! We're interested in the Thursday, October 9th performance. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!
October 7, 2014 6:04pm
I have never been to an opera but would love to go this Thursday. I have someone in mind who is very sexy and not a jerk but I don't want them to know my feelings unless I can win them over for this sweet date night! Haha! Please!!! Help me out girl! 
October 7, 2014 6:42pm