The Verdi Chorus will perform the program Spain and Beyond at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at the First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., Santa Monica.
The first half of the concert will be devoted to works by composer Guiseppe Verdi since the chorus was founded 28 years ago in his honor, artistic director Anne Marie Ketchum said.
On the program are choruses and arias from the operas “Don Carlo,” “La Forza del Destino” and “Ernani.” Soprano Susana Diaz, mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell, tenor John Atkins and baritone Roberto Perlas Gomez will join the chorus as guest soloists.
The second half of the concert will open with excerpts from Enrique Granados’ opera “Goyescas,” inspired by the Spanish Romantic painter Francisco Goya. Sections from “Luisa Fernanda” by Federico Torroba and “El Nino Judio” by Pablo Luna will follow. Both are examples of Zarzuela, or what Ketchum calls “operetta or musical theatre, Spanish style.”
For the final part of the program, the Verdi Chorus will present excerpts from the third most performed opera worldwide, according to Operabase – Georges Bizet’s “Carmen.” Mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell will join the chorus to portray the fiery, free-spirited gypsy after whom the opera is named.
Tickets for Spain and Beyond are available for $40 (reserved section), $30 (general seating), $25 (seniors) and $10 (students).
To purchase tickets, www.verdichorus.org, or (800) 838-3006.