By Bill DeYoung / Connect Savannah

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This weekend, the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus does something it doesn’t do too often – a night of opera.

A Night of Great Opera, if you don’t mind. That’s what the April 21 concert has been titled.

Conductor Peter Shannon, the orchestra and chorus have worked out a program of arias and choruses from La Traviata, Aida, Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro and other well–known operas.

Guest soloists are soprano Belinda Evans and baritone Teit Kanstrup, both of whom were here in early 2011 for the Savannah Phil’s take on Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte.

It was the very first American visit for the the British–born Evans, who lives in London.

“I think I was really lucky to be visiting Georgia, as a first time, because everybody was so friendly and we just had brilliant hosts,” she says in a phone interview from the U.K. “And the weather, obviously, which I really need to come back for because it’s absolutely hideous here. We’re actually in a drought, would you believe it?”

Evans, who’s the permanent soprano in the Chapel of the Guards (at Buckingham Palace), keeps a busy concert schedule throughout England and Europe.

“At the moment, I’m teaching lots of voice, one–on–one,” she explains. “Just because opera’s so quiet right now, because of the credit crunch.

“Luckily for me it’s come at a time when I’m quite prepared to just teach a bit and have a bit more stability. I was running around doing tours, and off all over the place the last five, six years. And now I’m actually thinking ‘Well, I don’t mind being in London just for a while and getting some regular pupils.’ I teach in a school and a college, so I’ve got a real variety of kids and young adults that I teach. They keep me on my toes, and I’m enjoying that.

“And then I’m free to do concert work – I’m doing a lot of it this year, which is great.”.

A Night of Great Opera is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Lucas Theatre. Tickets are $16–$65 through