The stage is set for a battle of vocal cords as two sopranos prepare to go head-to-head at Tabor College. Holly Swartzendruber, assistant professor of voice at Tabor, and Natalie Lerch, associate professor of voice at Cornish Fine Arts College, Seattle, will present “Dueling Divas” on Sunday, Nov. 7.
“Natalie is a good friend and I am excited to see her and sing with her again,” Swartzendruber said.
“Dueling Divas” will feature selections by Herbolsheimer, Larsen, Mozart, Poulenc, Puccini and Rossini, and will showcase Baroque sacred duets, solo sets and operatic literature.
According to Swartzendruber, she threw out the name “Dueling Divas” for fun and it stuck.
“A diva is a label, like prima donna, often given to talented singers who have a bit of an attitude,” she said. “Neither Natalie nor I have massive attitudes, although there is a little diva inside every woman.”
The performance will begin at 3 p.m. in the Tabor College Chapel-Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.