by Jen Graves
on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio, is Seattle Opera's fall production. It's known to be fiendishly difficult to sing. So it's a sort of funny occasion for a new endeavor by the company—its first public singalong. I hope somebody embeds themselves in this pickup chorus and grabs a little recording. (Send it to me if you do!)
From the call:
Seattle Opera wants to hear your voice! Channel your inner opera singer and join in the company’s first-ever community sing-along on the evening of Wednesday, September 12. Up to 50 people will have the opportunity to add their voices to the Seattle Opera Chorus at a rehearsal of Beethoven’s magnificent Fidelio, which opens at McCaw Hall on October 13. Guest Chorus Master John Keene and members of the Seattle Opera Chorus will spend an hour teaching participants to sing the opera’s lively finale, in which prison walls are broken down and citizens rejoice in a tyrant’s downfall and celebrate freedom, courage, and love. Then the group will join the full 58-person chorus for a sing-along of this tuneful burst of joyous sound. Participating singers will also hear from General Director Speight Jenkins, who will introduce Fidelio and discuss the significance of its powerful conclusion. Following the sing-along, participants are invited to stay and observe an hour of chorus rehearsal.
Only 50 spots are available for this special event, one of Seattle Opera’s new community engagement initiatives. To reserve a spot, send an email with your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. The first 50 participants will receive a confirmation, with digital copies of study materials including music and a pronunciation guide (the opera is sung in German).
Fidelio Community Sing-Along: Who: You! No prior experience necessary. What: Join the Seattle Opera Chorus in rehearsal for Fidelio, and learn to sing music from Beethoven’s only opera. When: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m. Where: Seattle Opera Rehearsal Studio, 200 Terry Ave. N in South Lake Union. Limited street parking is available; location is near the Terry & Thomas stop on the South Lake Union Streetcar. How to Prepare: Participants will receive digital copies of study materials in advance, including music and a pronunciation guide. How to Sign Up: Please email email@example.com with your name and contact information. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Maximum 50 participants.