Opera for non-opera aficionados at the Fairfield Public Library

Soprano T. Catherine Dierkes and pianist Eric Trudel perform

Enjoy a mix of well-known operatic arias, art songs and musical theater selections on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m., at the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road. Soprano T. Catherine Dierkes and pianist Eric Trudel will perform.

Works presented will include Vissi d’Arte, Vissi d’Amore, from Puccini’s opera Tosca; Dich, theure Halle, from the Wagner opera Tannhauser; Ebben?…Ne andro lontana, from the opera La Wally; L’altra notte in fondo al mare from the opera Mefistofele; Franz Schubert’s beloved Ave Maria; and Rogers and Hammerstein’s If I Loved You from the musical Carousel. Registration is requested.  

Catherine Dierkes, soprano, is an active church cantor and recitalist in the New York and Connecticut area. She studied classical vocal performance at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. She attended the International Institute of Arts (IIVA) in Chiari, Italy, studying the roles of Mozart’s “Countess” from Le nozze di Figaro and Puccini’s “Liu” from Turandot.

Eric Trudel, a native of Quebec, Canada, graduated with top honors from the Quebec Conservatory of Music. He has worked as a pianist, coach and/ or conductor with many organizations including the Banff Center Festival for the Arts. In the opera field, he has recently conducted productions of Carmen, Dialogue des Carmelites, Street Scene, Suor Angelica, Les Mamelles de Tieresias and Peter Grimes.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. To register, or for more information on this and other programs, visit fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160. Follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter twitter.com/fairfieldpublib and Facebook facebook.com/fairfieldlibrary.

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