Opera lovers can fill their hearts with song as the Westminster Choir College’s CoOPERAtive moves into a three-week series of free concerts, recitals, and master classes featuring established and emerging opera artists from around the world.
Concerts of popular and historic operatic arias will be performed on Wednesdays and Fridays, July 6 through 20, at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, July 23, at 2 p.m. at Bristol Chapel on the Westminster Choir College Campus in Princeton.
Art song recitals include the German lieder program on Saturday, July 9; French melodie on Saturday, July 16, and the American program on Friday, July 22. Each takes place in Bristol Chapel at 7:30 p.m.
Participating singers will also perform in master classes with Craig Rutenberg, consultant and coach at the Atkins Young Artist Program at the Maryinski Opera in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Thursday, July 14; Kathleen Kelly, coach/conductor of opera at University of Michigan, on Monday, July 18, and Tuesday, July 19, with Gina Lapinski, Metropolitan Opera stage director. All master classes begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse and are free and open to the public.
In addition to the free events, there will also be “An Evening of Divas, Divos and Dessert” on Monday, July 11, at 7 p.m., in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse. The event features a master class with CoOPERAtive Program director Laura Brooks Rice and light desserts. Tickets are $20 and available at the door and online at www.rider.edu/arts.
Westminster Choir College of Rider University, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton. www.rider.edu/arts.