FARMINGTON — Aug.17, 1911, is when international opera diva and Farmington native Lillian (Norton) Nordica performed her final concert in her hometown. On Aug. 17, recognized as Nordica Day, there will be an open house at the Nordica Homestead Museum on the Holley Road and a concert at 7:30 p.m. in Nordica Auditorium.

For the past 25 years, the concert has featured the winner of the annual Nordica Memorial scholarship, awarded to a young, upcoming singer in Maine. The winner is chosen in April via state auditions conducted by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

This year’s winner, Molly Harmon, is a senior performance major at the University of Southern Maine, where she studies voice with Judith James. She has performed a variety of roles in opera workshops and last fall was soprano soloist in Haydn’s “Creation” with the USM Chorale and Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra in Merrill Auditorium.

Harmon’s recital will include arias by Mozart and Menotti, songs by Debussy and Strauss and some golden age musical theater songs. Her accompanist will be Steven Morris.

Admission is free. Nordica Auditorium is in Merrill Hall on the University of Maine at Farmington campus. A reception will be held in the auditorium after the concert. For more information, call 778-2042.


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