L’amour, l’amour: Ailyn Pérez
Soprano Ailyn Pérez was much appreciated as the leading lady Marguerite in Santa Fe Opera’s 2011 production of Gounod’s Faust; and this summer she’ll be back to die in another essential role of the French lyric stage, in the same composer’s Roméo et Juliette. Vocal aficionados will have an opportunity to hear a different facet of her repertoire, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, when she presents a recital of French and Spanish songs, assisted by pianist Gary Matthewman. The program, which includes songs by Manuel de Falla, Fernando Obradors, Joaquín Turina, Gabriel Fauré, a nd Rey naldo Hahn, largely follows the playlist of Pérez’s 2013 CD Poème d’un jour, the title track of which — Fauré’s three-song cycle of 1878 — traces the course of a failed love affair. The concert, which is sponsored by Santa Fe Desert Chorale, takes place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.). Tickets ($ 35-$75) are available by calling 505- 988-1234 or by visiting www.ticketssantafe.org.