Verdi Chorus to Present ‘Songs of Fantasy’ Featuring Fox Singers

By David Salazar

(Credit: The Verdi Chorus)

The Verdi Chorus is set to present “Songs of Fantasy” on Feb. 1, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica, California.

The performance will feature music from “The Magic Flute,” “L’Elisir d’Amore,” “Peter Pan,” and “Candide” with the Chorus’ Founding Artistic Director Anne Marie Ketchum leading the performance. The Fox Singers, the professional ensemble of the Verdi Chorus, will be spotlighted in the performance. The Fox Singers includes sopranos Sarah Salazar, Kelly O’Shea and Megan McDonald; mezzo-sopranos Charlotte Bash, Ariana Stultz and Judy Tran; tenors Joseph Gárate, Daniel Brennan, Elias Berezin, and Fernando Ruiz; baritones Mauricio Palma ll and Andrew Walker; and basses Esteban Rivas, DeJuan Carlos and Raed Saade.

The Fox Singers are a very special group of exceptionally talented young professional singers. As the Founding Artistic Director of the Verdi Chorus, it is so important to me to not only nurture and foster the love of opera for both the community and the Verdi Chorus as a whole, but to also curate the next generation of operatic professionals,” stated Ketchum in a press release. “This time, we are exploring songs of fantasy, a subject which has produced some of the greatest music from the worlds of both opera and musical theater…

“This is such a wonderful thing for both our audience and the Fox Singers themselves, who have the opportunity to develop and perform a variety of these unforgettable operatic and musical roles that will very likely be part of their future performance careers.”