Respite from the Opera House: Fes­ti­val of Song

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Per­for­mance Santa Fe stirs into ac­tion this week, of­fer­ing the first two of its three Fes­ti­val of Song con­certs. In prin­ci­ple, these pro­vide a fo­rum for singers ap­pear­ing in leads at Santa Fe Opera to demon­strate their ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the art of song, which ben­e­fits from some dif­fer­ent skills from those gen­er­ally em­ployed in opera. The open­ing recital, at 4 p.m. on Sun­day, Aug. 2, is un­usual in that it spot­lights not only bari­tone Quinn Kelsey, who is han­dling the ti­tle role in this sum­mer’s Rigo­letto, but also a singer who isn’t on SFO’s ros­ter at all: so­prano Mar­jorie Owens, who hap­pens to be mar­ried to Kelsey and has de­vel­oped a fine ca­reer as a so­prano fo­cus­ing on roles that re­quire con­sid­er­able vo­cal heft. Kelsey will present songs by Brahms and Finzi; Owens will of­fer sets by Du­parc and Strauss, and the two will join for an ex­cerpt from Wag­ner’s opera Der fliegende Hol­län­der. At 4 p.m. on Thurs­day, Aug. 6, so­prano Anna Christy (Marie in La fille du rég­i­ment) per­forms songs and arias by Han­del, Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Wolf-Fer­rari, and Poulenc, as well as Three Ja­panese Songs by Ishikawa Taku­soku, a name new to us. Both con­certs take place at the Scot­tish Rite Cen­ter (463 Paseo de Peralta). Tick­ets ($45 and $75) can be ar­ranged by call­ing 505-984-8759 or vis­it­ing www.per­for­mance­ — J.M.K.

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