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2021 PROGRAM UPDATE

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. 

NOW STREAMING BELOW. . .

THE WORLD PREMIERE:  WHAT I MISS THE MOST

Jake Heggie: Composer

Jamie Barton: Mezzo-Soprano

Please join the Tucson Desert Song Festival for the World Premiere of What I Miss the Most, a song cycle composed by Jake Heggie and performed by Jamie Barton, who is accompanied by Heggie himself. The texts for this song cycle, which was commissioned by the Tucson Desert Song Festival, were contributed by Joyce DiDonato, Patti LuPone, Sister Helen Prejean, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and  Kathleen Kelly, who provided text describing what they missed the most during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jake Heggie is the composer of the operas Dead Man WalkingMoby-DickIt’s A Wonderful LifeIf I Were YouGreat ScottThree Decembers and Two Remain, among others. He has also composed nearly 300 songs, as well as chamber, choral and orchestral works. The operas – most created with Gene Scheer or the late Terrence McNally – have been produced on five continents.

Jamie Barton is a critically acclaimed American opera singer, known worldwide for her radiant mezzo-soprano voice.  Ms. Barton was named 2020 Personality of the Year at the BBC Music Magazine Awards.  She was also the winner of the Beverly Sills Artist Award, the Richard Tucker Award, both Main and Song Prizes at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was a Grammy nominee.  Ms. Barton’s operatic engagements have included appearances with many of the world’s most-loved opera houses.

Click Play (the white right-pointing triangle on the picture below) to play this recital.

Recital Program and Text and Translations

Click here to view the Program for this recital, as well as the Text and Translations of the music sung by Ms. Barton. 

IT’S ALSO NOT TOO LATE TO LISTEN TO THESE MARVELOUS VIRTUAL PROGRAMS:

—  NOW STREAMING. . . Bryan Hymel Recital, a virtual recital presented in partnership with Arizona Opera  Click here for more information and to obtain tickets for this event.

—  Bryan Hymel Masterclass, a virtual recording of Mr. Hymel’s Masterclass with UA Fred Fox School of Music Opera Program Students.   

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

—  Amor Latino, a free 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 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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