Opera series returns to St. Paul

Listen up —  St. Paul Church has announced the return of its Classical Music Concert Series, with a special benefit performance on Friday, Oct. 25, that will incorporate noted dramatic artists.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, and will underscore the works of famous composers Richard Wagner, Johannes Brahms and Ludwig van Beethoven, among others.

The series performances will largely highlight the “golden age” of opera, the period from mid-to-late 19th Century dominated by Wagner in Germany. Contrasting most composers of the time, he gradually introduced his idea of Gesamtkunstwerk — the theory that opera should be a “complete work of art” — and he wrote both the spoken dialogue and musical score for each of his stage works.

In this bicentennial year of Wagner’s birth, theatre companies and festivals all over the world, including The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, The Seattle Opera, Melbourne Ring Festival in Australia, Fulham Opera in London and Oper Frankfurt in Germany will celebrate his beloved Ring Cycle (Der Ring des Nibelungen) — a sequence of four epic operas.

Opera is an art form that originated in 16th Century Europe and though it is typically performed in an opera house or other theatrical setting, parishioners of St. Paul Church in Greenwich will be invited to a rare exhibition featuring world renowned cellist Mihai Marica; mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Russo; pianist Eric Trudel and vocalist Jon Morrell.

The concert will be open to the public. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $40. A small portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Paul Church. For more information call 203-531-8741.

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