Tuesday, December 18, 11:30 -12:30 in the Arizona Senior Academy Great Room
This engaging program is a preview of the Tucson Desert Song Festival, which will take place from January 16 to February 5, 2019 in major venues around Tucson. This year’s theme is Latin America, and the festival will include performances by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, AZ Opera, True Concord, Tucson Jazz, Ballet Tucson and other major organizations.
The ASA concert will feature mezzo-soprano Diana Peralta and baritone Octavio Morena, who, along with accompanist Bonnie Bird, will present a program of solos and duets by Latin American 20th and 21st-century composers Antonia Guijarro, Augustin Lara, Alvaro Carrillo and Ileana Velazquez.
Diana Peralta was born in Mexico City and graduated from the National Music Conservatory with a degree in Opera and Concert Singing. The winner of a number of competitive prizes, including the “Concurso Linus Lerner,” she made her Carmen debut at the Festival de Opera de San Luis in July 2018. Her roles also include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Mercedes in Carmen. Charlotte in Werther, and both the 2nd and 3rd lady from The Magic Flute, among others. She also is part of the ensemble that accompanies the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico.
Mexican baritone Octavio Moreno graduated from the University of Houston, and participated in the artist program at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia. Previous engagements include the roles Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Vronsky in Anna Karenina, Germont in La Traviata, and the title role of Rigoletto. He has appeared with Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Theatre Chatelet (Paris), Bellas Artes (Mexico City), AZ Opera, New York City Opera, and Ecuador Opera.
Ms. Peralta and Mr. Moreno are currently doctoral students in vocal performance at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music.
Written by Nancy Green, Academy Village Volunteer