It isn’t exactly regular opera, but it isn’t just a fundraiser either. Tacoma Opera’s “Intermezzo,” Thursday at the Landmark Convention Center, is what the company is calling an Artist Performance Series, and it offers opera lovers the chance to hear a few of their favorite Northwest singers (plus some guest musicians) up close and personal, for not much more than the cost of an opera ticket.
Held in the Landmark’s 100-seat Gothic Room, the evening features wine and hors d’oeuvres, and includes a program of Russian salon music played by the touring Rimsky-Korsakov string quartet with Tacoma Opera pianist Svitlana Smaga. Singing arias and duets by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninoff will be soprano Karen Early Evans (the Countess in the 2010 “La Nozze di Figaro”) and baritone Michael Drumheller (recently the Commendatore in last fall’s “Don Giovanni”).
Says director Noel Koran in the press release, “Intermezzo is a chance for us to present some of the fine artists that perform for our main stage operas in an intimate setting.”
Tacoma Opera Intermezzo
Who: Karen Early Evans, Michael Drumheller, Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet, Svitlana Smaga.
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Where: Gothic Room, Landmark Convention Center, 47 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma.
Information: 253-627-7789, tacomaopera.com.