Holiday music comes to the Arizona Senior Academy via the spectacular voices of The Strauss Divas, appearing in concert on Tuesday (Dec. 12) in an 11:30 a.m. performance.
The three uniquely different sopranos – Dianne Iauco, Mary Paul, and Amy Williams – along with pianist Bonnie Bird, swept us off our feet last summer with music of Richard Strauss and his contemporaries.
This time they plan to treat us to a potpourri of settings both familiar and unusual – from Noels by Claude Debussy, Joseph Canteloube and Francis Poulenc, to In the Bleak Midwinter, I Wonder as I Wander, and This Little Babe – by composers as varied as Gustav Holst, John Jacob Niles and Benjamin Britten – to Adolphe Adam’s O Holy Night and Giuseppe Verdi’s Ave Maria (from his opera Otello).
Dianne Iauco’s career has included the opportunity to sing opposite Luciano Pavarotti as well as performing as principal artist with New York City Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera and other regional companies.
Mary Paul has performed major roles in the operas of Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti and Richard Strauss with many regional opera companies across the U.S. She maintains a private voice studio in Tucson.
Amy Street Williams has been singing as a chorister and in comprimario roles with the Arizona Opera Company for the past 15 seasons. She has also sung featured roles in Lehar’s The Merry Widow and Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the Southern Arizona Opera Company.
Bonnie Bird received her master’s degree in accompanying and voice from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and has had an international career. She is currently a coach/accompanist in the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer