Respite from the Opera House: Festival of Song
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.performancesantafe.org. — J.M.K.