2020 Season: Celebrating the American Voice

The 8th Annual Tucson Desert Song Festival Presents
“Celebrating the American Voice”

Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Matthew Polenzani and Ian Bostridge headline
Tucson Desert Song Festival 2020

January 16 – February 6
Tucson, Arizona

George Hanson, Festival Coordinator



The eighth annual Tucson Desert Song Festival, Jan. 16-Feb. 6, 2020, celebrates the American voice with a gathering of world-renowned classical singers exploring the colors, rhythms and melodies of America’s rich and complex musical character.

Ten of Tucson’s leading performing arts organizations explore America in music with such leading vocal artists as Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Ian Bostridge and Matthew Polenzani.

Says Festival Coordinator George Hanson, “TDSF is thrilled to bring to Tucson its biggest lineup of major vocal stars in the history of the Festival. TDSF’s international reputation has been growing, both in reach and in profile; this makes it possible for us to attract the world’s biggest names in the world’s vocal arts scene.”

Regarding the 2020 festival’s theme, Hanson says, “America’s singers and composers bring a special perspective to their art— a particular blend of influences from the world’s diverse cultures. This year’s Festival celebrates that special American ‘voice,’ an American perspective that brings together many voices. American composer Richard Danielpour incorporates ancient Persian poetry in a set of songs of life, death and love; American baritone Thomas Hampson brings a program of American vocal music spanning much of the country’s history; other artists bring their own take on America’s diverse, yet unique, musical voice.”

Tickets are available from the individual presenting organizations.

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