For choral singers who are interested in a new, unique and exciting experience, Taconic Opera invites you to participate in the company’s fall production of Verdi’s Falstaff, to be performed on Oct. 16, 18 and 19, 2014. This opera was the second of two comedies and the very last of the twenty-eight operas composed by Verdi. Falstaff contains just the right amount of choral work to make it appealing to choristers without making it a burden to learn, especially important for singers who have little or no opera experience.
Based on a type of personality that appears in one form or another in four of Shakespeare’s plays (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV, etc), the opera’s lead role, Falstaff, is an opportunistic, bumbling and comically unsuccessful seducer who must be taught a lesson by the women he attempts to deceive. Imagine the fun of singing world class music in Italian in the company of experienced and highly talented professional lead singers, and throwing in a bit of staging and acting as well. If you’ve known for awhile you’ve wanted to do this, it may be just the time to take the plunge into a new singing adventure.
Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, June 11 and take place on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:45 pm and Saturdays from 3:00-4:45 pm at the Cortlandt School of Performing Arts, 24 Old Albany Post Road, Croton-On-Hudson, NY. Experienced choral singers do not require an audition. There are no fees to join the chorus, but members must secure their own music and, if applying early, may be able to participate in special group prices for the score that are arranged for chorus members.
Requests to participate in the chorus will be considered from June 2 to June 28. New members may be accepted after June 28 based on their experience and musical abilities. Singers who have a conflict with the complete rehearsal schedule may likewise be accepted based on experience and ability. For further information, contact Mary Corda: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914-649-1826. Visit the website at http://www.taconicopera.org.