The Idyllwild Master Chorale presents its spring musical, “A Night at the Opera,” with a twist. It’s all hummable.
IMC Musical Director Dwight “Buzz” Holmes has front-loaded the program with music and lyrics.
And if you like your vocal musicals to feature familiar melodies you can hum when leaving the performance, this is your special night.
With selections from musicals from both sides of the pond, “Carousel” and “Les Misérables,” and from the rock opera “Tommy” by The Who, the hum factor for the evening is stratospheric. The music will move you, make you cheer, bring a tear and have you humming as you leave Lowman Concert Hall.
The opera and light opera melodies are also ones you will recognize. Guest soloist John Fleming returns with “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot.” He is also featured as Local Lad from “Tommy” singing “Pinball Wizard.”
Crowd favorite Dimyana Pelev returns singing “Habanera” from “Carmen,” “This is My Beloved” (from “Kismet”) taken from Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances, and as Éponine from “Les Mis” singing “On My Own.”
Guest Emily Collins sings — with special guests — Donizetti’s Sextet from “Lucia di Lammermoor” and as Fantine singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Mis.”
Justin Patrick Holmes returns as raconteur Thérnardier singing “Master of the House” from “Les Mis” and as Tommy from the famed rock opera.
And with hats off to its own members, Holmes features IMC soloists Eric Bolton as the Doctor from “Tommy” and in “Les Mis”; Marshall Smith as Valjean from “Les Mis” in “Bring Him Home”; and Phyllis Brown as Madame Thérnardier from “Les Mis” along with Stephen Olsen and Chris Kruse.
From “Carousel” IMC will feature James Nutter, Smith, Bolton, Collins, Linda Wallace, Pamela Valaika, Stacey Grant and Kruse. Wallace and Fredda Koupal return with the “Flower Duet” from Delibes’ “Lakmé.”
Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Lowman Concert Hall on the Idyllwild Arts campus. Performance is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, and $10 for students, and are available at the door and on the IMC website at www.idyllwildmasterchorale.org.