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Soprano Indra Thomas to perform at DeSoto Theatre Sept. 24

Indra Thomas
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Soprano Indra Thomas will perform in concert at the DeSoto Theatre on Sept. 24.

Tickets for “Memoirs of an International Diva” will go on sale Friday.

Thomas is an Atlanta native who studied at Shorter College and now returns to lend her talents toward the restoration of the DeSoto Theatre. Two previous sold-out concerts to raise funds for the foundation featured mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton in 2015 and violinist Tim Reynolds last year. The two concerts raised close to $80,000 in net profits for the theater.

“We’re excited to be partnering again with our Broad Street neighbor, Heritage First Bank, to bring world-class music to the DeSoto stage,” said HDTF board president Chris Jackson. “We fully expect another sell out and a successful fundraiser for our foundation.”

Part of Thomas’ repertoire will include arias by Verdi and Charpentier, French songs by Duparc, German lieder by Strauss, and songs by Gershwin.

“We’re going to travel the world and I will share small anecdotes about my career from start to finish,” said Thomas, now back at Shorter College as a Visiting Professor of Music-Voice.

Thomas has appeared in many of the world’s great opera houses such as the Metropolian Opera and the Vienna State Opera. She has appeared with top orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony and Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra. She has a particular affinity for Verdi roles, her signature ones being in Aida, Il Trovatore, Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Carlo and Otello — as well as the Requiem, her favorite Verdi work.

She has recorded for National Public Radio and has received both an Emmy and a Grammy nomination.

Tickets for the concert will be sold online at www.historicdesototheatre.org or by calling 706-591-8377. General admission tickets will be sold at all Heritage First Bank branches until sold out. Prices are: $17 for general admission, $37 for reserved seating, and $77 for VIP tickets which include reserved-area seating and the “Meet and Greet” Patron Party at 6 p.m. at the Heritage First Bank Headquarters on Broad Street prior to the show.

All proceeds from the performance will benefit the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation for the continued preservation and restoration of the theater.