Local soprano and renowned opera singer join forces

Louis Otey has sung opera round the world.

Louis Otey has sung opera round the world. Submitted Photo

— “’Messiah’ is one of the most uplifting pieces I think exists in classical music, especially oratorio and the choral words in conjunction with soloists,” said Otey. “It’s time proven.”

Roundy said he’s been singing since he was 6 but has never performed in an opera.

“I’ve never been in a performance like this before. I’m in between nervous and excited. I had to practice lots and it’s difficult and it’s also nice to be able to do something this exciting,” said Roundy.

He’s gotten the bulk of his singing experience in his church choir.

“I started singing in [the choir] and then people in my church started complimenting me and it kind of just took off,” said Roundy.

He said he doesn’t know why he likes to sing, he “just does,” and he’s hoping to master opera and pop music.

“Messiah” will be performed at St. Pius Catholic Church at 23 Crumitie Rd. in Loudonville on Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. Tickets are sold at the door and are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors and $7 for youth and teens. People interested in reserving tickets can call Kutchukian at 459-3152.

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