As­sid­u­ous song­birds

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In Per­for­mance Santa Fe’s se­ries Fes­ti­val of Song, mu­sic lovers get to hear stars from the Santa Fe Opera’s sea­son ex­plore more in­ti­mate recital reper­toire. On Fri­day, Aug. 8, tenor Paul Groves, who ap­pears at the opera as Florestan in Fide­lio, will be as­sisted by pian­ist Joseph Il­lick in songs by Du­parc (for once, not “L’in­vi­ta­tion au voy­age”), Brit­ten ( a group of Bri­tish folk- song set­tings), Liszt, and Rach­mani­noff. So­prano Brenda Rae (pic­tured) does triple duty at the opera this year; in ad­di­tion to singing in both operas of the Mozart/ Stravin­sky dou­ble bill, she also takes on the lead­ing dual role of No­rina/Sofro­nia in Don Pasquale. She none­the­less sum­mons up the en­ergy for a recital on Sun­day, Aug. 10, as­sisted by pian­ist In Sun Suh; they of­fer songs by Schu­bert, Strauss, and Rach­mani­noff, as well as Mozart’s strato­spheric con­cert aria “Vor­rei sp­ie­garvi, oh Dio!” ( K. 418). Con­certs take place at 4 p.m. on the two af­ter­noons at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pe­cos Trail. Tick­ets ($45 gen­eral ad­mis­sion, $75 re­served seat­ing) are avail­able through www.per­for­mance­ or www.tick­ (505-988-1234). — J.M.K.

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