This year's OperaFest is at a new venue — Highlands Golf Club — with a new show, unique food with an operatic twist.

OperaFest is set for Saturday, March 17, at 6 p.m. It features a silent auction, fine dining, music and an evening of live opera entertainment featuring singers for the upcoming main stage opera "The Pirates of Penzance."

BEN SERATT/For The Gazette
OperaFest organizers from left are Dr. Steven Butler, board president NOVA Center; Dodie Rife, NOVA managing producer; Gary Treglown, show director and volunteer; Dan Nickerson, Youth Conservatory director; and Rebekah Rae, NOVA board member.

Guests will dine with the opera singers and experience the power of live opera in an intimate setting. 

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and no-host cocktails, followed by a gourmet dinner with select wines. Attire is as formal as the guest wishes. A highlight of the evening will be performances from the artists of "The Pirates of Penzance," including Jeff Kitto. 

Tickets are $100 per person in advance, $110 at the door, or $750 for a table of eight.

NOVA is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity. Proceeds from a wide selection of silent and live auction items benefit its mission to enhance the performing arts in Billings.

Send checks and guest list to NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, P.O. Box 11, Billings 59103.