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It is prob­a­bly for the best that sev­eral of our high-rank­ing com­posers of yore steered clear of opera — ach, Brahms, Bruck­ner, and Si­belius, for in­stance. Dra­matic as their scores could be on a mu­si­cal level, one sus­pects their gifts for stage­wor­thy sung drama might have been limited.

The clos­est Bach got was in a few of his secular can­tatas that one could imag­ine be­ing acted out as comedic scenes. The New Mex­ico Per­form­ing Arts So­ci­ety presents one of them, his “Cof­fee Can­tata” (Sch­weigt stille, plaud­ert nicht), in which a fa­ther (tenor An­dré Gar­cía-Nuth­mann) and daugh­ter (so­prano Christina Mar­tos) tan­gle about whether or not she should be al­lowed to drink the caf­feinated elixir, their ar­gu­ment framed by the ex­pla­na­tions of a nar­ra­tor (bari­tone Car­los chuleta). In this semistaged pre­sen­ta­tion, Franz Vote con­ducts a small in­stru­men­tal group that in­cludes mem­bers of Al­bu­querque’s Chat­ter en­sem­ble. The per­for­mance takes place at 7 p.m. on Fri­day, Feb. 13, at the Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary Chapel (50 Mt. Carmel Road). Tick­ets ($28.50, with dis­counts avail­able) can be pur­chased through www.hold­myt­icket.com. — James M. Keller

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