Saturday, 6:30 p.m., $100
tickets via savannahchoir.org
THIS IS the fourth year in a row that Metropolitan Opera’s Keith Miller has organized an opera to benefit the Savannah Children’s Choir Scholarship Fund. Bringing in world-renown Konstantin Soukhovetski as guest conductor, director, and accompanist, opera lovers will treasure an evening of La Boheme at the SCAD Museum of Art.
If Puccini’s opera isn’t ringing a bell, maybe you’re more familiar with Broadway’s musical adaptation, Rent. It won’t be a full staged opera; instead, the production will emphasize the great music and characters of the classic; in the words of SCC co-founder and Director of Development Roger Moss, “All of the arias, none of the shouting.”
This annual event is an excellent way for those unfamiliar with opera to get their first taste; the presentation gives opera a new sense of accessibility.
In 2014’s performance, bass/baritone Miller, in the role of Colline, will be joined by sopranos Kara Guggenmos (Mimi) and Melissa Zapin (Musetta) along with tenors Oswaldo Iraheta (Rodolpho) and Martin Schreiner (Alcindoro/Benoit), and baritones Malcolm MacKenzie (Marcello) and SCC’s own Roger Moss (Schaunard). Konstantin Soukhovetski will also be joined by accompanist Timothy Hall.
The evening kicks off with an Artists’ Talk at 6 p.m. A cocktail reception will follow the performance, as well as a silent auction of iconic props from the opera.