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Poster for this summer’s concert series by Salida Concerts Inc. and Aspen Music Festival and School. Poster Courtesy of Salida Concerts Inc.

This coming Saturday, August 5, Salida Concerts will host its fifth concert in their summer series of classical performances, an operatic smorgasbord, put on in conjunction with Aspen Music Festival and School.

Rather than presenting a single opera in its entirety, Saturday night’s performance will be structured like an operatic charcuterie board, certain to have something that satisfies each attendee’s personal tastes.

The show, titled “An Evening of Exquisite Vocal Performances” will feature a selection of pieces from some of the most famous operas in history. The list of shows from which the four vocalists and two accompanists will draw includes, but is not limited to, Romeo & Juliet, Carousel, The Marriage of Figaro, South Pacific, Carmen, Don Quixote and La Bohème.

“An Evening of Exquisite Vocal Performances” performance itself will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Salida High School, located at 26 Jones Ave. However, doors to the venue will open at 6:30 p.m., so that interested concertgoers can engage in a pre-concert talk with the evening’s performers. The pre-show conversation will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets for the concert will cost $25 for adults, and are free for students. In order to encourage family attendance, Salida Concerts has made adult tickets half price when accompanied by a student.

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The vocal ensemble is comprised of four accomplished singers. Soprano Anna Thompson is fresh from the title performance in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. Tenor Ángel Vargas was a national semi-finalist at the Metropolitan Opera’s Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition in 2022. Mezzo-soprano Adja Thomas is a second-place award-winner in the Shirley Rabb Winston Competition and Bass-baritone Luke Oldroyd, a recent graduate of Pepperdine University is the winner of the 2023 National Opera Association Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition.

There are two accompanists for the night. Érico Freire Bezerra, from Brazil, is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano at the Eastman School of Music. Taylor Flowers currently teaches at the University of Michigan and Hillsdale College, also in Michigan.

Prior performances in Salida hosted by Salida Concerts include a night of guitar from internationally acclaimed guitarist, TY Zhang, and an all-Brahms extravaganza from three award-winning young pianists, Yufei Cathy Chen, Daniela Liebman and Pianist Biguo Xing.