The Verdi Chorus to Launch Spring Season with ‘Helas mon Coeur’ Concert

By Logan Martell

On May 14, 2022, The Verdi Chorus will kick off its 39th season with the spring concert, titled “Helas mon Coeur.”

Conducted by Founding Artistic Director Anne Marie Ketchum, the concert will be comprised of selections from Verdi’s “Ernani” and “Macbeth,” Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” Ponchielli’s “La Gioconda,” Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier,” and Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffman.” The concert will feature soprano Julie Makerov, tenor Wilander, and baritone Roberto Perlas Gomez.

“The title for this program, ‘Hélas mon Coeur,’ feels appropriate on so many levels. Aside from being the title of one of the most beautiful ensembles from Offenbach’s ‘The Tales of Hoffmann,’ the phrase itself, ‘Alas, my heart’ sums up both the losses we have all experienced over the past two years, and the bittersweet hope for what lies ahead as we launch our 39th season. It’s a strong and emotive program which our three sensational guest artists, Julie Makerov, Todd Wilander, and Roberto Perlas Gómez, as well as our chorus of over forty strong, will bring to rich and electrifying life.”

“Helas mon Coeur” will run for two performances on May 14 and 15 at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, California. Tickets will be available for purchase on April 1, 2022.