What happens in Vegas …

love-opera-victoria-bakerWhat happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. So the saying goes. But maybe just this once I’ll let you in on a secret far too good to keep in Vegas.

It was my first time in Sin City and I was reticent to even go. I thought Las Vegas would be a Sodom and Gomorrah full of wild, tasteless characters. And it can be. But I soon learned that Las Vegas, like life, can also be whatever you make of it.

It can be glamorous, elegant and exciting: it just depends on what you choose to focus on…of course, it has a little to do with what end of the Strip you’re on too.

In my mind, there’s one hotel that epitomizes the Vegas vibe: The Aria. The Aria is ultra-modern. There are no cobwebs on this Grande dame. My first time at the Aria was memorable. I’ll never forget as I entered my room…the sensors were activated by my opening the door and the curtains slowly began to unravel, revealing a glamorous view.

Next the lights in the room turned on displaying a modern and perfectly appointed room and the surround sound music system began to blast Perry Como’s It’s Impossible. The whole show only lasted a few seconds but for me, the experience will forever encapsulate the magic of Las Vegas. www.aria.com

Of course, The Aria also houses the Julian Serrano restaurant which is one of the best Spanish experiences outside of Spain. Try the Spanish “pata negra” the best ham in the world. Julian Serrano is a three-star Michelin Chef from Madrid who brings the vibrant flavors of his country to this oasis in the desert.

But no trip to Las Vegas is complete without Cirque du Soleil. The company virtually dominates the Strip and with good reason: their shows are the most magical feats of the imagination. I have never seen the boundaries of what’s possible stretched so fully, in an athletic sense but also because of the sheer beauty of it all, as in a Cirque du Soleil show.

The Aria is home to Zarkana and like all Cirque du Soleil has to offer, it will not disappoint. Theater buff or not, there’s nothing not to like.

So, if you’ve never been to Las Vegas, by all means go. It’s a place where the human definition of what’s possible has been expanded, definitely a must-see! And if you don’t stay at the Aria be sure to at least try out their spa- did I mention it’s one of the best in Vegas?

The important thing is to always do what the moment inspires in you and of course remember: whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.


Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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