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West Village Chorale adds evening of opera choruses to its Summer Sings
by John Herzfeld for Vocal Area Network
Posted June 30, 2008

Claudio MonteverdiSince Claudio Monteverdi revolutionized the performance of vocal music with his introduction of operatic style and structure in 1607, choral composers have regularly made the crossover from the church to the opera house. This summer, the West Village Chorale is celebrating that musical exchange between the sacred and the secular by introducing a first-ever program of opera choruses to its popular Summer Sings series.

To be offered Monday, July 28, the new program will be led by the Chorale's music director, Michael Conley, and will feature beloved opera choruses by the likes of Bizet, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and Wagner. Conley's prior posts include assistant conductor of the Collegiate Chorale, where he worked with some of the world's leading opera singers, and chorus master of the Connecticut Grand Opera.

Conley is still paring down the list of favorites he has assembled with the help of a West Village Chorale committee, but the preliminary slate includes the "Make Our Garden Grow" finale of