Cappella Cantorum will present “Great Opera Choruses” featuring Sarah Callinan and Brian Cheney, Sunday, Dec. 8, 3 p.m. at John Winthrop Middle School, Route 80 (Exit 5 off Route 9,) Deep River, CT 06417. Tickets, $25, (860) 767-8452. Tickets are available on the website for $25, no service charge. www.cappellacantorum.org
Chorus Selections include: “Chorus of Hebrew Slaves,” “Anvil Chorus,” “Easter hymn,” and “Brindisi,” Solos: Soprano: O mio babbino caro, Quando men vo. Tenor: Vesti la giubba, Una furtive lagrima,
Free Lecture on Great Opera Choruses
Operaphile James Kuslan will give a pre-concert lecture on the “Great Opera Choruses,” Sunday, Dec. 1, 3 p.m. at the Sheffield Auditorium of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. Described as a “brilliant, funny and engaging speaker,” Kuslan will give insights into the opera choruses that Cappella Cantorum will perform a week later, Dec. 8, 3 p.m. at the John Winthrop Middle School, 1 Winthrop Rd. Deep River, CT 06417
Shoreline residents will remember Kuslan from his popular lectures on opera at the Essex Library in 2010, his talk on Verdi female characters at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in 2012, his insights into “Don Pasquale” at the Old Lyme Library in September and an evening of “Operatic Disasters” at Essex Meadows this fall. He is also known internationally as a writer of notes for London’s 20 CD collection, “Opera Made Easy” and a contributor to essays for Metropolitan Opera productions.
The lecture is complimentary; a free will donation will be requested. Tickets for Cappella’s concert on Dec. 8 will be available at www.cappellacantorum.org and cost $25. For more information call Barry Asch at 860-388-2871.