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The Virginia Opera and Williamsburg Winery team up for the third annual "Opera in the Vineyards." 

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The Virginia Opera will hold its third annual "Opera in the Vineyards" June 12 at the Williamsburg Winery. The event will feature an opera concert, a jazz concert, wine tastings and tours of the winery, according to event chairwoman Nancy Branch.

The winery, 5800 Wessex Hundred in Williamsburg, will open its gates at 4 p.m. and the jazz concert, performed by Jae Sinnett and his trio, will begin at 4:30 p.m.

There will be lunch catered by several Williamsburg restaurants including Taste Unlimited and Maude's, and wine from the vineyard will be sold. Guests are also welcome to bring their own picnics.

A wine tasting featuring wines from around the world will begin at 5:30 p.m. To complement the wine, a selection of gourmet cheeses, patés and breads will also be available for purchase.

The opera concert will begin at 7 p.m., following the wine tasting. Pianist Joe Walsh, principal coach and pianist for the Virginia Opera, baritone Brian Woodward, soprano Jennifer Ayres, soprano Brenda Dawe, and mezzo-soprano Ginger Inabinet will perform Broadway pieces from "Porgy and Bess," "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot," as well as traditional opera selections from "Die Fledermaus," "Carmen," "La Boheme," "The Barber of Seville" and "Madame Butterfly."

Advance tickets for the concert are available for $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets for the wine tasting and concert are $50. There is also a small gourmet dinner available for $100, but seating is limited to approximately 60 people. Call 643-6004 for
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