‘Death by So­prano’

In­fa­mous women of Broad­way and opera fea­tured in Hops & Opera con­cert

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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.

PHO­TOS CON­TRIB­UTED BY HARV WILE­MAN

Hope Koehler

De­siree Soteres

Chandi Plum­mer

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