Spring 2023
Apr 29, 2023 7:30 PM Apr 30, 2023 4:00 PM

The Verdi Chorus’ 39th season culminates with VERDISSIMO! Plus! for two performances only at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica on April 29 and 30.  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. The program will feature selections from four Verdi operas – Otello, Il trovatore, La forza del destino, and Un ballo in maschera, as well as beloved melodies from Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.

Conductor Anne Marie Ketchum says, “When I started looking for possibilities for this concert, the more I searched, the more I realized everything I was coming up with was Verdi, and I thought to myself ‘of course it’s all Verdi, why not?’ It’s simply some of the greatest music there is, especially for an opera chorus.“

Ketchum continues, “Our program is filled with wonderful colors and contrasts. I love the storm scene at the  beginning of Otello in which the chorus goes absolutely crazy, and you can hear the actual storm itself in the music.  The second act finale of Il trovatore  is simply gorgeous – and this opera includes the Anvil Chorus, which is always great fun. For dessert, what could be sweeter than a little Viennese operetta in the form of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus?  This led me to the “plus” in this concert’s title, and I realized I had it – a perfect program, complete with four exceptional guest soloists. Our audiences will even get to hear Todd Wilander sing the lead tenor role in Un ballo In maschera before he flies off to New York to cover this role for the Met! We get him first!”



Spring 2023
Concert Program
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
"Una vela" and "Esultate"
Mr. Wilander, Mr. Gómez, Mauricio Palma, Elias Berezin, Joseph Gárate and the Chorus
"Fuoco di gioia!"
The Chorus
Mr. Wilander, Mr. Gómez, Mr. Gárate and the Chorus
"Dove guardi splendono"
Ms. Tivens-Schneiderman, Mr. Wilander, Mr. Gómez and the Chorus
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
The Anvil Chorus
The Chorus
"Stride la vampa"
Ms. Bond
"Or co' dadi, ma fra poco"
The Men's Chorus and Mr. Palma
"Il balen del suo sorriso"
Mr. Gómez , Mr. Palma and the Men's Chorus
Chorus of nuns and "Degg'io volgermi a Quel"
Ms. Tivens-Schneiderman, Mr. Gómez, Ms. Bond, Mr. Palma and the Chorus
"E deggio e posso crederlo?"
Ms. Tivens-Schneiderman, Ms. Bond, Mr. Wilander, Mr. Gómez, Mr. Palma, Mr. Berezin and the Chorus
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
"Lorche pifferi" and "Venite all' indovina"
Ms. Bond and the Chorus
"Nella Guerra" and "Rataplan"
Ms. Bond and the Chorus
"Pace, pace mio Dio"
Ms. Tivens-Schneiderman
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
"Posa in pace"
The Men's Chorus with Jamie Sanderson and Esteban Rivas
"Amici miei"
Mr. Wilander, Megan McDonald, Mr. Sanderson, Mr. Rivas and the Men's Chorus
"Signori, oggi d'Ulrica alla magion v'inviato" (Teco sarem)
Mr. Wilander, Mr. Gómez, Ms. McDonald, Mr. Sanderson, Mr. Rivas and the Chorus
"Eri tu"
Mr. Gómez
Act II Duet "Teco io sto"
Mr. Wilander and Ms. Tivens-Schneiderman
Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
"Come along to the ball"
Mr. Wilander and Mr. Gómez
"A Toast to Champagne"
Ariana Stultz, Egan Carroll, Ariana Celeste and the Chorus
"Chacun a son gout"
Ms. Bond
"Sing to love"
Mr. Gómez, Ms. Tivens-Schneiderman, Ms. Bond, Mr. Wilander and the Chorus
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