Moriah Mason / Staff Writer
On Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. the Opera Birmingham Chorus will be performing “Sound of Seasons” in Jane Hollock Brock Recital Hall.
Formerly known as the Birmingham Civic Opera, the Opera Birmingham Chorus has been entertaining audiences for over 60 years.
“From its humble beginnings in 1955 to its 60th anniversary in 2015 and beyond, Opera Birmingham has produced world-class operatic productions and concerts that have been hailed by critics and loved by audiences,” states their website.
In 1955, the opera was led by Martha Dick McClung, and under her direction, the opera performed two musical productions.
“Under the leadership of Martha Dick McClung, director of Opera Theater at Birmingham-Southern College,the company’s first production was Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, followed by Puccini’s Madama Butterfly the following year,” the website states.
In the past, the opera merged with the Southern Regional Opera in 1986, and was later changed to Birmingham Opera Theater.
Now led by Daniel Seigel, the opera has done over 50 other performances and have also managed to bring hundreds of other performers to Birmingham.
Furthermore, the Opera Birmingham Chorus will be doing a holiday-themed performance at Brock Recital Hall.
“Kick off the holidays with ‘Sounds of the Season’, a concert of favorites both sacred and secular,” the website states. “Drawing on the talent of the Opera Birmingham Chorus, this family-friendly concert is an audience favorite, jam packed with classic Christmas carols and beloved holidays songs! It is a true gift of the Season, certain to put you in the holiday spirit!”
The opera will also be performing with Opera Birmingham Chamber Choir and the Indian Springs Chamber Choir. Attendants of the performance will also be able to meet the artists and enjoy holiday treats in the lobby after the concert.
Ticket prices differ based off of seating. These prices range from $29-$64. However, there are student discounts and wheelchair seating available. For more information, call 205-322-6737 or visit https://www.samford.edu/events/.