‘Opera Gets Real’ in Two Concerts By Verdi Chorus This April

By David Salazar
(Credit: Photo Courtesy of Verdi Chorus)

The Verdi Chorus has announced that it will present “Opera Gets Real” for two performances this April at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica, California.

The performances, set for April 18-19, 2020, will feature music from Verdi’s “Ernani” and “Macbeth,” Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” and “La Gioconda” and “Andrea Chénier.” The organization will also provide a special preview of “Cavalleria Rusticana,” an opera that it will present in full on May 23, 2020.

The concert’s soloists will include soprano Julie Makerov, tenor Todd Wilander, and baritone Roberto Perlas.

“When I was searching for a title for this program, ‘Opera Gets Real’ kept coming back to me as the obvious way to describe how we are launching our 37th season,” stated Conductor Anne Marie Ketchum in a press release. “It’s a strong and powerful program, which our three sensational guest artists, Julie Makerov, Todd Wilander, and Roberto Perlas Gómez, as well as our chorus of over fifty strong, will bring to rich and electrifying life.”