Ear Supply: Strength in Numbers

The operas of Verdi form a cornerstone of just about every singer’s career, but many of his best-known roles are strenuous for still-developing voices. It’s a Catch-22: How can you possibly sing Violetta, Amneris, or Manrico until your voice can handle the strain, but how can you build the stamina to tackle those roles other than by singing them? Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program has found a neat solution: a Verdi sampler, an evening of scenes and arias. (This solves other problems, too, like how to celebrate the composer’s bicentennial without the expense of a staged production.) Scenes from La traviata, Rigoletto, and Don Carlo tent-pole the program, with excerpts from Nabucco and La forza del destino. Brian Garman conducts the six fledgling singers and a full orchestra and chorus. Meany Hall, UW campus, 389-7676, seattleopera.org. $15–$100. 7:30 p.m. Sat., April 6.

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