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Giving Voice 2021

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Giving Voice 2021

September 19, 2021 2:30 pm
September 19, 2021 4:00 pm

$15 or Pay-What-You-Can Tickets

Headlined by Cecilia Duarte, mezzo-soprano with pianist Ana María Otamendi

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Event Details

Cecilia Duarte, mezzo-soprano

Ana María Otamendi, piano

Sunday, September 19, 2021  2:30 PM
Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall
University of Texas at El Paso

Please note:  Masks are optional but encouraged so that our singer can safely perform unmasked. The Recital Hall has plentiful seating to allow us to be socially distant.

Giving Voice week kicks off with our Giving Voice Recital with spectacular mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte as headliner, with pianist Ana María Otamendi.

Sunday’s recital program of music includes:

Schubert selections: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

  1. Gretchen am Spinnrade
  2. Der Leiermann

Trois Chansons de Bilitis: Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

  1. La flûte de Pan
  2. La chevelure
  3. Le tombeau des Naïades

Cinco canciones populares argentinas: Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)

  1. Chacarera
  2. Triste
  3. Zamba
  4. Arrorró
  5. Gato

El Amor Brujo (vocal excerpts): Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

  1. Canción del amor dolido
  2. Canción del fuego Fatuo
  3. Danza del juego de amor

Immediately following their performance, Cecilia and Ana María will be joined by Artistic Director Justin Lucero for a post-show Industry Panel Discussion moderated by Artistic Associate Cherry Duke. The discussion will focus on issues surrounding diversity in the performing arts and will allow for questions from the audience.

Artist Biographies

Giving Voice Headliner Cecilia Duarte

Cecilia Duarte, mezzo-soprano, can be heard as a soloist in the Grammyâ-winning album Duruflé: The Complete Choral Works. Praised by The New York Times as “A creamy voiced mezzo-soprano,” Mexican-born Cecilia is a versatile singer that has performed around the world singing different music styles, from jazz, to classical and contemporary music. Cecilia has been recognized for creating the role of Renata in the mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera in 2010. Cecilia has toured with it through the United States (including for El Paso Opera), as well as Europe, and South America. Since then, Cecilia has premiered roles of new operas such as Renata in El Milagro del Recuerdo, (HGO); Jessie Lydell in A Coffin in Egypt, (HGO and The Wallis Annenberg Center in L.A.); Gracie in A Way Home (HGO and Opera Southwest); Harriet/First Responder in After the Storm (HGO); Alicia in Some Light Emerges (HGO); and most recently, Alma in the new opera web series Star Cross’d, with Houston Grand Opera. Operatic roles include Maria in Maria de Buenos Aires, Loma Williams in Cold Sassy Tree, Sarelda in The Inspector, and Tituba in The Crucible. As an early music performer, she’s worked often with Ars Lyrica Houston, Mercury Houston, The Bach Society Houston, and most recently the Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble. Cecilia is currently working on her first solo album, Reencuentros, which includes a compilation of Latin American songs, produced by the multi-Grammy Awardâ winner Blanton Alspaugh.

Giving Voice Pianist Ana Maria Otamendi

Ana María Otamendi, pianist, Venezuelan, has performed as soloist, collaborative pianist, and conductor all over the United States, South America and Europe with renowned artists such as Donald Sinta, Michelle DeYoung, Paul Groves, Ana María Martinez, members of the Chicago Lyric, Houston Grand Opera, and Dallas Opera orchestras, Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and beyond. She is Director of the Collaborative Piano Program at Louisiana State University, Artistic Director of the Collaborative Piano Institute, and pianist of the Reverón Piano Trio (an ensemble devoted to the standard, modern, and Latin American piano trio repertoire, managed by Halac Artists and Meluc Kulturmanagement). Recitals, master classes, and speaking engagements have taken her to Cambridge University, Yale University, Wolf Trap Opera, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Mahidol University (Thailand), Universities of Minnesota, Michigan, Texas at Austin, and more. She is fluent in four languages, and a Geophysical Engineer whose thesis was published in the prestigious journal Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors.


Full Listing of Giving Voice Festival Events 

in collaboration with Opera UTEP
More details about Opera UTEP’s events HERE

Cecilia Duarte & Ana María Otamendi
Sunday, September 19
UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall
$15 or Pay-What-You-Can Tickets

Industry Panel Discussion
Immediately following Giving Voice Recital

Opera UTEP Concert
Tuesday, September 21
UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall
Tickets available at the door.

Career Chat with Cecilia Duarte 
Wednesday, September 22

Vocal Master Class with Cecilia Duarte
Wednesday, September 22
UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall