ANDERSON — Stories come to life through song when the Lyric Opera Theatre of Indiana comes to Anderson’s Paramount Theatre at 3 p.m. Sunday.
That day, LOTI presents The Singer’s Musical Theatre, a program of music from theatrical works, from opera to operetta to musical theatre. The selections range from Rossini to Cole Porter.
“The program is designed to introduce the audience to a wide range of musical styles,” said LOTI’s Scott Semester. “If you’ve never heard opera live, it’s a chance to dip your toe into that. It’s designed to be a sampler platter of various musical styles.”
This is LOTI’s fourth season. The non-profit organization’s goal is to bring classical music to audiences around Indiana, while also giving artists performance opportunities.
“The mission of the group is to show people opera, up close and personal — to really have a chance to experience it first hand,” said Semester. “It’s about the story, and when you can lose yourself in the story, that’s what it’s all about.”
The dedicated LOTI performers strive to make the experience enjoyable and accessible.
“A lot of people are a little intimidated by opera,” said Gayle Jones Burris, executive director of the Paramount. She observed that LOTI engages the audience in an inviting way. “They make it approachable…they make it a lot of fun.”
Part of that approach is the diverse mix of performances in The Singer’s Musical Theatre. Look for pieces from several operas, including English composer Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. The works of several Italian composers are also represented. LOTI members will perform selections from Gioachino Rossini’s "Barber of Seville," Giacomo Puccini’s "Turandot" and Guiseppe Verdi’s "Don Carlo." The work of Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehar is also in the lineup with a selection from his operetta, "The Merry Widow."