Two young graduates from the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music will present a diverse program of art song and arias on Tuesday (May 30) in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room.
Lyric soprano Ariana Iniguez and pianist Meily Mendez will perform at 11:30 a.m. with a program that includes songs by Joaquin Turina, Gabriel Fauré, and Cole Porter; as well as arias from Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme, Craig Bohmler’s Riders of the Purple Sage, and Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire.
Iniquez recently earned a master’s degree in voice performance at the UA, and Mendez holds a doctorate in musical arts in piano performance from the same school.
Iniquez’s operatic roles include Blanche from The Dialogues of the Carmelites (2017), L’enfant from L’enfant et les sortilèges (2016), and Yum-Yum from The Mikado (2015) with the University of Arizona Opera Theater.
She took first place in the UA’s Quest for the Best competition this year, and in 2014 she won first place in the Rieman Opera Competition at the Fred Fox School of Music. She plans to spend the coming months auditioning for young artist programs throughout the U.S in hopes of furthering her performance career.
Mendez has performed at various venues, including the Leo Rich Theater Performance Hall, the Stevie Eller Theater, and the Brechemin Hall, and has performed as a solo and collaborative artist in both the U.S. and Mexico.
She gives piano lessons and offers group piano classes to all ages and all levels both privately and for The Symphony Women’s Association. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Tucson Music Teachers Association, the Arizona State Music Teachers Association, and the Music Teachers National Association.
Written by Janet Kerans, Academy Village Volunteer