Sing Along with Great Opera Choruses

Great Opera Choruses (2014); Photo: Jennifer Babcock

Grant Gershon conducting the audience at Great Opera Choruses (2014); Photo: Jennifer Babcock

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sing Carmen? LA Opera is presenting a free concert called Great Opera Concerts on April 10, where you can do just that.

Presented at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, the concert (which will feature the acclaimed LA Opera Chorus) will begin with Resident Conductor Grant Gershon rehearsing the audience for their sing-along debuts.  Music will be provided in the program to the three sing-along sections: “Habanera” and the “Toreador Song” from Georges Bizet’s Carmen, and the “Anvil Chorus” from Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore.

This is not the first time audience members have been invited to sing along with LA Opera artists. For the past ten years, the company has staged free, community operas at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown LA. Each community opera chosen—including most recently, The Festival Play of Daniel—features a sing-along section inviting the audience to participate.

Sing-along sections are a form of communion between artists and audience members. “We are quite literally breathing together,” explains Stacy Brightman, Senior Director of Education and Community Engagement. “So much of our life is about being in competition. When you sing with someone in this way, it’s not about winning. Inviting members of the community to sing along with our artists is one of those opportunities, where we can all create together. “

It’s a masterful way for a community to share an opera experience.

This program is made possible with generous support from Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Additional support from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

The concert will take place on April 10 at 3pm in the Valley Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of California State University – Northridge (CSUN) at 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, Ca 91330. For tickets, call 818.677.3000 or click here for more information. For more information about LA Opera, visit our website.

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