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Tucson Desert Song Festival 2021 Press Release

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Tucson Desert Song Festival
For Immediate Release:
June 30, 2020

Jamie Barton, Corinne Winters, Erin Wall, Artist-in-Residence Bryan Hymel and a World Premiere by Composer Jake Heggie headline the Ninth Annual Tucson Desert Song Festival: “Songs of Love.”

The Tucson Desert Song Festival brings an extraordinary lineup of renowned vocal stars and the premiere of a TDSF commissioned work by one of the world’s most important opera composers for the ninth annual winter festival, January 15 to February 12, 2021, in beautiful, warm, sunny Tucson. The festival’s theme, “Songs of Love,” will celebrate and explore the relationship between music and our most profound emotion.

“The ability of the human voice through music to connect us to our feelings is perhaps the most compelling aspect of our art form,” said Festival Coordinator George Hanson. “Music connects us to each other. This is a powerful and important message, especially today.”

“The vision from the founding of our festival was to bring the world’s greatest vocal talent to Tucson, creating a cultural destination rivaling great venues like the Santa Fe Opera. We have made great strides toward that goal,” said late festival founder Jack Forsythe, whom we lost earlier this year to cancer.

TDSF Board President and Festival Sponsor Jeannette Segel said, “Jack has left a remarkable, unique legacy in creating TDSF. Part of our mission now is to honor his contribution to the cultural life of Tucson. The 2021 festival is dedicated to his memory.

The 2021 festival will feature the world premiere of a song cycle by Jake Heggie, considered by many to be the most important opera composer of his generation. Heggie’s works have been produced on the most celebrated stages of the world. His opera Dead Man Walking will be performed at the Metropolitan Opera, opening just weeks after his appearances in Tucson. Mr. Heggie will accompany renowned mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton in a recital on February 4 in a program that includes his new song cycle.

“Commissioning a work from a composer like Jake Heggie makes an enduring contribution to the art song repertoire, and draws international attention to TDSF and Tucson as a cultural center and destination,” said Festival Coordinator George Hanson. “With thanks to Wesley Green, sponsor of the commissioning project, we expect to make a newly commissioned work part of our festival on an ongoing basis.”

Among the festival’s highlights:


Tucson Desert Song Festival Celebrates Songs of Love


January 15 to February 12, 2020
See below for full schedule, or visit TucsonSongFest.org.


Concerts take place in multiple venues around Tucson:


Each TDSF partner assigns prices to its events.
Tickets are available from the individual presenting organizations.
Visit TucsonSongFest.org for more information.



Emily Hansen, TDSF Public Relations

George Hanson, Festival Coordinator

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