Opera on the asphalt in Englewood

Renowned soloist performs in parking lot as ‘gift for the community’

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Siuzanna Iglidan of Englewood was supposed to perform at the Los Angeles Philharmonic this summer, in her dream role in Bizet’s “Carmen.”

But COVID-19 threw a wrench in those plans.

With opera performances canceled for the foreseeable future, the Ukrainian-born mezzo-soprano soloist treated her neighbors to a world-class performance in a church parking lot on Aug. 1.

Accompanied at times by her friend Tanya Palamarchuk, Iglidan’s dulcet voice lilted from the parking lot of the Seventh-Day Adventist church at Lincoln Street and Radcliff Avenue, drawing neighbors from their homes to hear a performance seldom heard by those not in a tuxedo or ball gown.

“This is my gift to the community,” Iglidan said. “Music can bring people together and touch their hearts, and I think we all need that difficult times like these.”

Iglidan covered a wide range in the hour-long revue, with selections like “Amazing Grace,” a piece by Schubert and another from “Samson and Delilah.”

“How often do you get to hear music like this in Englewood?” said Leslie Appiah, who came to see Iglidan perform with her husband and two children. “Normally this would cost hundreds. I love exposing my kids to culture. It’s a blessing.”

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