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Verdi Chorus Celebrates Aurelio De La Vega in May Photo Verdi Chorus Celebrates Aurelio De La Vega in May
by Stephi Wild - Apr 19, 2022

The Verdi Chorus kicks off its 39th season with their Spring Concert, Hélas mon Coeur, dedicated to the memory of Verdi Chorus patriarch Maestro Aurelio De La Vega, for two performances only at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica on May 14 and 15. 

The Verdi Chorus Announces Spring 2022 Concert Set For May Photo The Verdi Chorus Announces Spring 2022 Concert Set For May
by Stephi Wild - Mar 25, 2022

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.

Verdi Chorus Spring Concert to Hold Auditions February 26 Photo Verdi Chorus Spring Concert to Hold Auditions February 26
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 2, 2022

Celebrating its 39th Season, The Verdi Chorus, announced today auditions will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica for The Verdi Chorus Spring 2022 Concerts.

Verdi Chorus Cancels OPERA GETS REAL Photo Verdi Chorus Cancels OPERA GETS REAL
by Stephi Wild - Mar 14, 2020

A letter has been released from Verdi Chorus Board President Franklin Strauss and Founding Artistic Director Anne Marie Ketchum.

BWW Photo Coverage: THE LINEUP WITH JIM CARUSO Is a Blast at The Birdland Theater Photo BWW Photo Coverage: THE LINEUP WITH JIM CARUSO Is a Blast at The Birdland Theater
by Stephen Mosher - Mar 11, 2020

Susie Mosher took a night off and Jim Caruso took over at The Lineup and the hits just keep on coming.

The Verdi Chorus to Present Spring 2020 Concert OPERA GETS REAL Photo The Verdi Chorus to Present Spring 2020 Concert OPERA GETS REAL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 27, 2020

The Verdi Chorus will kick off its 37th season with their Spring Concert, Opera Gets Real, for two performances only at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica on April 18 and 19.

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by Stephi Wild - Feb 27, 2020

Amore Opera To Close Out Tenth Anniversary Season With Verdi's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA Photo Amore Opera To Close Out Tenth Anniversary Season With Verdi's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
by Julie Musbach - Apr 22, 2019

Amore Opera concludes its 2018-19 season at the Riverside Theatre at Riverside Church (91 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027) with a production of Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, sung in its original Italian; and with a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe, performed entirely by children.

BWW Interview: Julie Makerov and the Fine Art of Balancing Music and Life Photo BWW Interview: Julie Makerov and the Fine Art of Balancing Music and Life
by Ellen Dostal - Nov 5, 2018

How does a busy soprano balance career, family, motherhood, and art? If that soprano is Julie Makerov, it's all about scheduling and planning ahead of time. Makerov, who will be appearing as one of four soloists with LA's Verdi Chorus this weekend at First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica, says that's the key to managing all of her commitments.

BWW Interview: Baritone Gabriel Manro Bridging the Slim Divide Between Opera & Musica Photo BWW Interview: Baritone Gabriel Manro Bridging the Slim Divide Between Opera & Musical Theatre
by Gil Kaan - Nov 5, 2018

Southern California's Verdi Chorus will cap off their 35th anniversary season with their Fall 2018 concert PASSIONE! OPERA! The two performances at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica on November 10 and 11 will feature four guest artists: soprano Julie Makerov, mezzo soprano Janelle DeStefano, tenor Todd Wilander and baritone Gabriel Manro. I had the chance to quiz two-time Grammy Award-winning baritone Gabriel Manro on his love for singing, the technical aspects of singing opera vs. musical theatre and his recent onstage proposal.