Music from the heart at Round Hill

Verismo — Arias and Ensembles an opera concert, will bring drama and passion to Round Hill Community Church on Friday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m.

The concert will be performed by the Round Hill Community Church Quartet Risa Renae Harman, soprano; Jenna Hintz, mezzo-soprano; Patrick Hogan, tenor; and Scott Tomlinson, bass; who will be joined by guest baritone Robert Garner. Eugene Sirotkine will be at the piano.

Verismo (realistic) and bel canto (beautiful singing), two notably different traditions, often blend in our minds. The verismo style of opera, which peaked in the early 1900s, is distinguished by realistic depictions of everyday life, especially the life of the lower classes. The soloists will sing arias, duets and trios from Madama Butterfly, Andrea Chenier, Adriana Lecouvrer and other less known but no less beautiful Mascagni, Puccini and Franchetti operas.

Ms. Harman has been widely acclaimed for her technical virtuosity and communication skills as an artist. She has an extensive repertoire, which includes appearances with New York City Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Lake George Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland and Glimmerglass Opera, as well as success as soloist at the National Cathedral and the Kennedy Center.

Ms. Hintz has performed the soprano role in Elijah with the Boston University Symphony orchestra. Other roles include Sharon (Master Class), Hannah (The Merry Widow), 2nd Lady (The Magic Flute), Mother Marie (Dialogues of the Carmelites) and Flora (La Traviata).

Mr. Hogan began his tenor career with the role of Lenski in Eugene Onegin at Union Avenue Opera Theatre in 2003. Subsequent roles include Tito (La Clemenza di Tito), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Faust (Faust), Pang (Turandot), Marco (The Gondoliers), Cyril (Princess Ida), The Defendant (Trial by Jury), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) and Danilo (The Merry Widow).

Mr. Tomlinson, bass, has performed the roles of the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, and Jose Tripaldi in Ainadamar at the Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Tomlinson has just finished his fourth season as a chorister with the Metropolitan Opera and is a regular soloist with the New York Opera Forum.

Mr. Garner, guest baritone, has performed with numerous opera houses and symphony orchestras in the U.S., Europe, and Asia including New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, the Munich Philharmonic, Washington Concert Opera and Daegon in South Korea.

Mr. Sirotkine, a St. Petersburg-born conductor who debuted with the Latvian Philharmonic in St. Petersburg in 1989, was assistant conductor and chorus master with The New York Metropolitan Opera from 1999 until 2008. Mr. Sirotkine is interim minister of music at the Round Hill Community Church.

Round Hill Community Church is at 395 Round Hill Road. Tickets are $25 adults and $5 for students. There will a reception in the parlor following the performance.

For more information, visit Roundhillcommunitychurch.org, or call 203-869-1091.

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