Tucson Desert Song Festival
January 9, 2022 at 7 PM
Ailyn Pérez and Abdiel Vàzquez Recital
Hailed by the New York Times as “a beautiful woman who commands the stage” and “a major soprano,” Ailyn Pérez is in demand at the world’s leading opera houses and cultural capitals. She won the 2012 Richard Tucker Award, becoming the first Hispanic recipient in the award’s 35-year history. As Opera News observes, “The phrase ‘an embarrassment of riches’ might have been invented to describe the combination of talents that belong to Ailyn Pérez, … who truly seems to have it all.”
Abdiel Vazquez is a New York based conductor, pianist, and vocal coach.
He is Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra La Súper in Monterrey, Mexico, a Steinway & Sons Artist, and Founder and Artistic Director of Vincerò Academy, an online mentorship platform connecting young singers globally with today’s greatest opera stars.
January 26, 2022 at 7 PM
Michelle Areyzaga and René Izquierdo Recital
As a coveted performer with a diverse repertoire, American soprano Michelle Areyzaga has performed operatic roles with New York City Opera in Telemann’s Orpheus as well as in its VOX series, and has appeared in leading roles with Chicago Opera Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s In the Neighborhoods programs, Opera Birmingham, the Ravinia Festival, and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México.
Cuban-born René Izquierdo is a unique artist and passionate educator whose career has been dedicated to inspiring individuals and connecting communities. Through his “unforgettable versatility, sensitivity and sublime musicianship” (Classical Guitar Magazine), René has firmly established himself as one of the world’s classical guitar virtuosos. He is celebrated for his ability to weave an unparalleled technical command of his instrument with his gift of storytelling, accomplishing an intimate musical experience with his audience.
February 1, 2022 at 7 PM
Susanna Phillips (True Concord) Recital
Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips is a recipient of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award. Known for her sparkling portrayal of Musetta in La bohème, Phillips has sung at the Met for 12 consecutive seasons in the roles of Musetta, Pamina, Donna Anna, Rosalinde, Antonia/Stella, Micaëla, Donna Elvira, and most recently as Countess Almaviva, a role very close to her heart. Role highlights at the Met include Fiordigili, which the New York Times called a “breakthrough night,” and Clémence in the Met premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de Loin. Phillips was also a featured artist in the Met’s Summer Recital Series.
February 11, 2022 at 8 PM
Susan Graham Recital
Join “America’s favorite mezzo” (Gramophone), Susan Graham for a spectacular recital, including selections by Gershwin, Rogers and Hammerstein, Berlioz, and Lerner and Lowe.
Leading her industry with some of the most prestigious awards in opera, including a Grammy Award, an Opera News Award, and Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year, Graham is joined by Arizona Opera’s very own Head of Music & Director, Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio, Christopher Cano.