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    2012 Holiday Concerts



    The Santa Fe Opera’s popular holiday concerts, Arias, Carols and Songs, return to Roswell, Santa Fe and Albuquerque in December.  Soprano Mary-Jane Lee and tenor Matthew Grills, both former apprentices, will perform a program of classical and sacred works as well as music of the season. They will be joined by flutist Valerie Potter and members of Young Voices, the Opera’s program for high school students. Baritone Alex Harden, who has been a member of Young Voices for the past three years, will sing the hymn My Shepherd Will Supply My Need. He is from Tijeras. Kirt Pavitt is the pianist for all three performances.

    The Roswell performance of Arias, Carols and Songs will take place on Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Anderson Museum. The Santa Fe performance is scheduled for Thursday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Cristo Rey Catholic Church. The Albuquerque concert on Sunday, December 16 will take place in a new venue, Simms Auditorium on the campus of the Albuquerque Academy, at 3:00 p.m. The concerts are free and everyone is welcome. Seating is on a first come first served basis and the doors open one half hour before each performance.

    Mary-Jane Lee was an apprentice in 2011 and 2012. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Utah State University and a Master of Music Degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She has performed Roselinda in Die Fledermaus with Wichita Grand Opera and the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro and Musetta in La Boheme with the Aspen Opera Theatre Center.

    Matthew Grills, an apprentice last summer, was a winner of the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He holds a Master of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music. A first year resident artist with the Portland Opera, Mr. Grills sings Goffredo in Rinaldo and Spoletta in Tosca during the company’s current season. In April he gives a recital in the Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center presented by Vocal Arts D.C. and The Washington Performing Arts Society. Additionally, he makes his San Francisco Opera debut next summer as Nathaniel in The Tales of Hoffmann.

    Kirt Pavitt has distinguished himself as soloist, accompanist, and musical collaborator. He has played for many of America’s finest singers and instrumentalists and has performed in London’s Wigmore Hall, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls in New York, plus numerous cities throughout America and Europe. He has served as pianist and Music Director in the Education Department at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and his long time affiliation with The Santa Fe Opera culminated in a full-time appointment as Music Associate in 2002.

    Valerie Potter is an Associate Professor of Flute at the University of New Mexico. She served as the principal flutist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra from 1993 to 2011 and currently holds the same position with the New Mexico Philharmonic. Ms. Potter has performed with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony and San Francisco Symphony, and has played in The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra on numerous occasions.

    November 26, 2012

    CONTACT: Joyce Idema, Cindy Layman                                                              press@santafeopera.org

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