Rosalinda Verde with Visalia Opera Company
I sat down for Opera Chat with Rosalinda Verde, founder of the Visalia Opera Company (VOC) at the Planing Mill in Visalia. The VOC has been performing full fledged opera productions since 2012 with Englebert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and in 2013 Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.
Ambitious and bucking the trends (opera companies in big cities have been shutting their doors) this young and scrappy opera company has been planting classical music seeds in the fertile soil of the San Joaquin Valley. We talk zombies and their role in introducing new audiences; horned helmets – they’re fun but make no sense; and I learn to sing opera in 3 easy steps (see my failed attempt).