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Soprano Kinneret Ely doesn't often perform in Williamsburg, a place she once called home, but that makes any chance to do so all the more special.

Ely will present an evening of song in the Williamsburg Library Theatre on Wednesday, June 1.

She now lives in New York, pursuing an opera career. Most recently, Ely took the stage in Opera NOVA's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" as Rosina, and her September concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, was broadcast on Israel's Classical Music radio station.

But Ely, 26, spent much of her childhood in Williamsburg. And her mother, Naama Zahavi-Ely, founded Opera in Williamsburg.

"There's a lot of arts going on (in Williamsburg)," Ely said. "And of course, Williamsburg in particular holds a special place in my heart, so I'm very excited to be coming back."

On Wednesday, Ely said audiences can expect "a little bit of everything."

"Almost kind of like a tapas," she said, with a taste of opera arias, musical theater, art songs and Israeli songs.

Pianist Chun-Wei Kang will accompany Ely – Kang has performed in both Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. Ely said this will be Kang's first visit to Williamsburg.

Bridges can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342.

For more information

When: 7-8:30 p.m., June 1

Where: Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland St.

Tickets: $12-$15

Info: kinneretely.com

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