‘Death by Soprano’
Infamous women of Broadway and opera featured in Hops & Opera concert
The next installment of Hops & Opera is a mashup of Oktoberfest and Halloween.
“Death by Soprano: Homicidal and Suicidal Women of Opera” will feature female characters who kill family, friends, foes, phantoms and even themselves. It’s set for 7:30 p. m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Barking Legs Theater.
Presented by Harv Wileman and sponsored by The Tap House, this concert will i nclude music from such operas as “Tosca,” “Il Trovatore,” “La Gioconda,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Hamlet,” “Romeo et Juliette” and “The Medium.”
Music f rom Broadway shows such as “The Threepenny Opera,” “Carrie: The Musical,” “Evil Dead: The Musical” and “Bring It On” are also on the program.
The program’s bloodletting sopranos will be Marianna Allen, Chery Brendel, Vanessa Kimbrough, Kirsten Kunkle and Tricia Logdson; mezzo-soprano Emily Halbert and contraltos McKenzie Stephens and Kelly Stultz.
The program will also include three Chattanooga natives who live elsewhere and haven’t sung here in quite some time.
Hope Watkins Koehler, a graduate of East Ridge High School with degrees from Lipscomb University, the University of Alabama and the University of Kentucky, has not sung in her hometown for well over 30 years. She tours annually with the American Spiritual Ensemble and is a professor at West Virginia University.
Chandi Millet Plummer is a graduate of the School of Performing Arts at Chattanooga High (now called Center for Creative Arts) and studied at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is a professor of voice at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky.
Desirée Earl Soteres, a graduate of Girls Preparatory School, Rhodes College and the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, is well-known to the Chattanooga music community and has appeared in performances at the Tivoli Theatre and the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.
She has sung on many opera stages, especially in Southern California, and now resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she is founder and artistic director of Aria 412, producing and performing in 12 themed vocal concerts a year.
Pianists Sigrid Luther and Jim Lees will accompany the singers.