The Tucson Desert Song Festival brings an extraordinary lineup of renowned vocal stars and the premiere of a TDSF commissioned work by one of the world’s most important opera composers for the ninth annual winter festival, January 15 to February 12, 2021, in beautiful, warm, sunny Tucson. The festival’s theme, “Songs of Love,” will celebrate and explore the relationship between music and our most profound emotion.
“The ability of the human voice through music to connect us to our feelings is perhaps the most compelling aspect of our art form,” said Festival Coordinator George Hanson. “Music connects us to each other. This is a powerful and important message, especially today.”
“The vision from the founding of our festival was to bring the world’s greatest vocal talent to Tucson, creating a cultural destination rivaling great venues like the Santa Fe Opera. We have made great strides toward that goal,” said late festival founder Jack Forsythe, whom we lost earlier this year to cancer.
TDSF Board President and Festival Sponsor Jeannette Segel said, “Jack has left a remarkable, unique legacy in creating TDSF. Part of our mission now is to honor his contribution to the cultural life of Tucson. The 2021 festival is dedicated to his memory.”
The 2021 festival will feature the world premiere of a work by Jake Heggie, considered by many to be the most important opera composer of his generation. Heggie’s works have been produced on the most celebrated stages of the world. His opera Dead Man Walking will be performed at the Metropolitan Opera, opening just weeks after his appearances in Tucson. Mr. Heggie will accompany renowned mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton in a recital on February 4 in a program that includes his new song cycle.
“Commissioning a work from a composer like Jake Heggie draws international attention to TDSF and Tucson as a cultural center and destination,” said Festival Coordinator George Hanson. “With thanks to Wesley Green, sponsor of the commissioning project, we expect to make a newly commissioned work part of our festival on an ongoing basis.”
Among the festival’s highlights:
- Known for her “white-hot intensity and consummate control” (BBC), soprano Corinne Winters returns to Tucson for a recital and a series of performances in concert with True Concord Voices and Orchestra entitled “The Trailblazers,” focusing on the works and lives of women composers. A new work by Jocelyn Hagen commemorating the centenary of U.S. women’s suffrage takes center stage.
- Soprano Erin Wall takes the stage with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and conductor José Luis Gomez in two iconic works for voice and orchestra: Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: 1915” and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Ms. Wall has appeared in leading roles with the world’s first rank of opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, La Scala and Chicago Lyric, and has performed with the Vienna Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.
- TDSF Artist-in-Residence Bryan Hymel is a tenor known for both his vocal power and musical subtlety. A favorite at London’s Royal Opera and other major houses around the world, Mr. Hymel’s powerful vocal presence can be felt up close and personal when he appears in a recital presented by Arizona Opera as the closing event of 2021’s festival.
Tucson Desert Song Festival Celebrates Songs of Love
January 15 to February 12, 2020
See below for full schedule, or visit TucsonSongFest.org
Concerts take place in multiple venues around Tucson:
- Tucson Music Hall
- Crowder Hall, University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
- Holsclaw Hall, University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
- Centennial Hall, University of Arizona Campus
- Pima Community College Center for the Arts
- Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium
- Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
- St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, Green Valley
- Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, Green Valley
Each TDSF partner assigns prices to its events
Tickets are available from the individual presenting organizations.
Visit TucsonSongFest.org for more information
FOR COMPLETE CALENDAR OF EVENTS VISIT:
Emily Hansen, TDSF Public Relations
George Hanson, Festival Coordinator