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Cecilia Duarte Recital

Tucson Desert Song Festival
Friday, January 26, 2024 - 7:00pm (Tucson)

Cecilia Duarte RecitalCecilia Duarte Recital

January 26, 2024 at 7 PM MST

Holsclaw Hall at The University of Arizona, Tucson

Cecilia Duarte, mezzo-soprano with Trio Chapultepec, guitars, and Jesús Pacheco on percussion, with special appearance by Misael Barraza-Díaz, classical and flamenco guitar.

A soloist in the GRAMMY® winning album Duruflé: The Complete Choral Works, Cecilia has been praised by The New York Times as “A creamy voiced mezzo-­soprano.” Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Duarte is a versatile singer who has performed around the world singing a variety of music styles, with a focus on early and contemporary music. She has been greatly recognized for creating the role of Renata in the first Mariachi Opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna with the famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera in 2010. Duarte has taken this opera to many stages around the world. She reprised the role of Renata with Houston Grand Opera in the opera El Milagro del Recuerdo, along with the musicians who perform on her album Reencuentros.

Cecilia Duarte writes this about the origin of Reencuentros: “This album is a reencounter with my past, a remembrance of the moments when I listened to my mother sing many of the songs compiled here, and a reflection of who I am as an artist today…Reencuentros represents where I come from and the stories that formed me. It is important for me to share this legacy of beautiful music, only a small token of the artistic richness of Latin American music.”

The twelve romantic boleros on Reencentros, sung in Spanish, will be the program of one set of this concert, with Duarte accompanied by Trio Chapultepec: Vincent A. Pequeño, Israel Alcala, and William Carlton Galvez, joined by Jesús Pacheco on percussion. These Latin popular standards are truly art songs from the mid­-20th century. In the second set, Duarte will be joined by guitarist Misael Barraza-Díaz with a program primarily of Spanish song for voice, guitar, and percussion.


Fina Estampa (Refined Presence)
Incertidumbre (Uncertainty)
Peleas (Quarrels)
Zamba Para Olvidar (Zamba to Forget)
La Flor De La Canela (Cinnamon Flower)
La Revancha (The Revenge)
Alfonsina Y El Mar (Alfonsina and the Ocean)
Sabrá Dios (Only God Knows)
Poquita Fe (Little Faith)
Le Dije a Una Rosa (I Said to a Rose)
Sabrás Que Te Quiero (You Will Know I Love You)
Gracias a La Vida (Thanks to Life)
Hear the music: La Revancha