St. Matthew’s Features ‘Opera Night’ on June 8

St. Matthew’s Music Guild will present “Opera Night” with soprano Lauren Eberwein at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 8, at St. Matthew’s Church, 1031 Bienveneda.

The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s and the St. Matthew’s Parish choir will also perform under the baton of Tomasz Golka.

The voice of Lauren Pearl Eberwein, a Canadian-American soprano, has been described as a “robust, dramatic voice” by Broadway World and as having a “soulful and engrossing depth of tone” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Classical CD Choice describes her “an artist of subtle skill.”

Lauren Eberwein

Eberwein, a graduate of the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, was a member of Opera Philadelphia’s Emerging Artist Program. She is currently a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio.

This season, Eberwein sings the roles of Gianetta in “L’elisir d’amore,” Countess Ceprano in “Rigoletto,” and The Cook in “The Nightingale” with Canadian Opera. Last season she sang the role of Wellgunde in “Götterdämmerung” with Canadian Opera at Lincoln Center and recently made her Carnegie Hall debut in Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” with the New York Choral Society.

Since winning first prize at the 2003 Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, conductor and composer Tomasz Golka has appeared with orchestras in North and South America and Europe to great critical acclaim.

Golka has served as chief conductor of the Colombia National Symphony in Bogotá and music director of the Lubbock Symphony. He is currently music director of the Riverside Philharmonic and interim music director of The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s for the 2017-18 season.

The June 8 concert will feature operatic arias, choruses and instrumental music from Verdi’s La forza del destino, La traviataand Il trovatore, Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” and “Tosca,” Bizet’s “Carmen” and Bernstein’s “West Side Story.”

Admission at the door is $35. The Music Guild offers discounted season passes. For more information, visit or call 310-573-7422.

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