tucson desert song festival

The 9th Annual Tucson Desert Song Festival Celebrates
Songs of Love January 20 though February 12, 2021

This year we are celebrating songs of love with a gathering of world-renowned classical singers. Programming will feature the premiere of a new song cycle by Jake Heggie, composed for acclaimed mezzo soprano Jamie Barton.  During this festival, four of Tucson’s leading performing arts organizations will explore love in all its forms with such leading vocal artists as Jamie Barton, Bryan Hymel (TDSF’s Artist-in-Residence), Carlos Zapien, and the Tenet Vocal Artists.



Due to COVID 19, we were not able to present many of our 2021 Song Festival events as intended.  We are pleased to inform you, however, that the Tucson Desert Song Festival still has many wonderful programs for you to enjoy. 

Programs yet to come include:

— Arizona Opera presents a virtual recital, featuring American operatic tenor, Bryan Hymel. (April 25, 2021)

— The World Premiere of a song cycle composed by Jake Heggie for acclaimed mezzo soprano Jamie Barton. (May 10, 2021)

More information about these programs is posted in our Calendar of Events.  


It’s also not too late to listen these marvelous virtual programs: 

— The Secret Lover, Tenet Vocal Artists, a virtual concert presented by the Arizona Early Music Society. (This concert will be available to ticket holders on demand until April 20, 2021. Tickets will be available until this date.)

—  New Directions in Song, a virtual concert hosted by Professor Kristin Dauphinais, featuring University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music Opera Program students.

Amor Latino, a virtual concert presented by the Tucson Guitar Society and featuring Carlos Zapién, tenor, Misael Barraza Díaz & Edwin Guevara, guitarists

The links to each of these three programs are posted in our Calendar of Events.

We invite you to visit the Calendar of Events and to continue to make music a joyous part of your life. 


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