On Saturday, November 13 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 14 at 2:00 pm. the amazing Verdi Chorus and its conductor  Anne Marie Ketchum will introduce their 38th season with concerts at the First Presbyterian Church at 1220 2nd Street in Santa Monica, CA 90401. Guest soloists will include Shana Blake Hill, Audrey Babcock, Alex Boyer and Roberto Perlas Gómez, all contributing to performances of selections from Verdi’s Aida, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly,  Boito’s Mefistofele, Bizet’s Carmen, and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.

Appropriately enough, this concert will be called Ritorna Vincitori!! (“The Victors Return!!”), signaling the return to performance by one of America’s leading dramatic choruses.

For more information visit: https://www.verdichorus.org

About the Verdi Chorus

The Verdi Chorus, now in its 38th season, celebrates the return to live performance with their Fall Concert, Ritorna Vincitori! for two performances only at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica on November 13 and 14. Led by Founding Artistic Director Anne Marie Ketchum, the Verdi Chorus is the only choral group in Southern California that focuses primarily on the dramatic and diverse music for opera chorus. This program, which Ketchum says includes “both the most joyous and the most dramatically reflective moments from some of the most powerful operatic works.”

The program will feature four guest soloists: critically acclaimed soprano Shana Blake Hill, who has been described as a “fearless actress” and “visually and vocally voluptuous” by Opera News and The Philadelphia Enquirer; award-winning mezzo soprano Audrey Babcock, who is quickly gaining notoriety for her commanding, powerful performances as Carmen and her dark, hypnotic portrayals of Maddalena in Rigoletto; tenor Alex Boyer, hailed by The San Francisco Chronicle for his “large and potent sound;” and renowned baritone Roberto Perlas Gómez who, with over 100 roles to his credit, has performed extensively throughout the United States.

These performances are made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Sahm Family Foundation and The Green Foundation, and by grant funding from the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, and the Santa Monica Arts Commission.

The Verdi Chorus is a Southern California nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting opera choruses in concert and to providing career development opportunities for young professional singers.  As the only choral group in Southern California that focuses primarily on the dramatic and diverse music of the opera chorus, The Verdi Chorus gives talented amateur singers the unique opportunity to sing side-by-side with professional singers in rehearsals leading up to performances held to the highest artistic standards.  Under the direction of its remarkable Artistic Director Anne Marie Ketchum, each rehearsal is like a vocal master class.

The Verdi Chorus was founded in 1983 at the Verdi Restaurant in Santa Monica.  When the restaurant closed in 1991, The Verdi Chorus continued.  In 1999, the chorus was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Under the continuous direction of Founding Artistic Director Anne Marie Ketchum, the Chorus presents four concerts each year as well as other collaborative events.  Its repertoire includes over 300 choruses from 81 operas in seven languages.

For more information visit: https://www.verdichorus.org