Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sing Carmen? LA Opera is presenting a free concert called Great Opera Choruses on Saturday, April 28th, 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 Jonah and the Whale — 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, Vice President 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.
For more information or to reserve tickets to Great Opera Choruses, click here.
Special support for Great Opera Choruses is made possible by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila KuehlLA Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the greater good.