Good costumed for his role as the “Prince of Persia” in the opera’s April 2018 production of Turandot. Image: Jay Scott Visuals

The Mississippi Opera Guild announces its first recipient of the Mississippi Opera Circle of Excellence Award.

This year’s honoree is Jeff Good, who is well known in the Metro Jackson area for the successful restaurant enterprises of BRAVO!, Sal and Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint, and the Broad Street Baking Company and Café.

The Guild created this award to honor individuals for exceptional creative vision, inclusiveness, and contribution to the artistic vibrancy of our capital city and state.

Good’s history with the Mississippi Opera goes back a number of years. The Opera considers Good to be a visionary who has made a real difference in the landscape of our city and state.

“As for the opera company itself, he has always been very willing to be involved with their projects,” a release said. “He has emceed many opera events, presented ‘opera-tunities’ in his restaurants, and last year, he even appeared on the Thalia Mara Hall stage as the ‘Prince of Persia’ in Puccini’s Turandot. This award is a way that we can demonstrate our appreciation to him this year and others in the future.”

The award itself is being designed by Jackson artist Andrew Young of Pearl River Glass.

Good’s accomplishments include receiving the City of Jackson “City With Soul” Award, being inducted in the MS Tourism Hall of Fame in 2017, accepting The Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence Award in 2014 and receiving the “Friend of Tourism” award for nine separate years by Jackson Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Good is a founding principal and managing partner of Soul City Hospitality, in addition to being a founding board member of the Refill Jackson Initiative and Refill Café, among others.

The event on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at the Dinsmor Clubhouse (1 Dinsmor Crossing, Ridgeland, MS) will include the award presentation, a brief concert, and reception. The concert will include musical selections from opera and musical theatre performed by vocalists Sarah Stembel, and Olivia Vaughn, and pianist Julian Jones.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Mississippi Opera Guild has been an important part of the success of the Mississippi Opera since 1945 and shares a commitment to providing outstanding productions and educational outreach. The Guild aims to cultivate attendance and increase the engagement of those who appreciate Opera and musical theatre, as well as providing financial support. Learn how to join the Guild at msopera.com/guild. For more information on the event go to msopera.org or call 601-960 2300.

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