This weekend, the
"A Journey Through Song" is Saturday and Sunday at
"I think it's something that is not as common to see these days," said soprano
To remedy this and to introduce modern audiences to opera, the concerts will feature some of the more well-known pieces from the genre.
"It's going to be opera scenes. There's going to be pieces from 'Carmen,' 'La Boheme' and some musical theater in there, too," said mezzo-soprano
Other featured soloists include baritone
"I'm going to be singing two
The concerts will also feature pieces from "Don Giovanni" and "
Both soloists studied under the late
"I was 21 when I first started," Van der Ploeg said. "I didn't like classical music, but Joaquina got me started on it. Once I started singing, I loved it. We're not miced, so we learn to project from the body. It's kind of amazing. It's like we're athletes."
The concerts will not only provide an introduction to opera for the unitiated, but explore the magic of live performance.
"There's nothing like going to a live performance," Van der Ploeg said. "We're so used to hearing music through recordings. But when you watch it live, you're enveloped in the voice. You can't really record or capture the feeling of being there."
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