The pair will present operatic arias from Dvořák’s Rusalka and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut along with the Wesendonck Lieder by Richard Wagner and Three Browning Songs by Amy Beach. The program will end with the Utah premiere of Libby Larsen’s new song cycle composed for the duo, The Magdalene.
“Each work features strong women reaching out to loved ones, deity, nature and themselves,” Wascoe Hays said. “They look for healing, light, love and knowledge.”
Wascoe Hays currently serves on the voice faculty at Texas Tech University. Peterson serves on the voice faculty at Baylor University. They both serve on the faculty of Music in the Marche each summer in Mondavio, Italy.
Wascoe Hays has twice been a winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Award, and has placed in the Sigma Alpha lota Graduate Performance Awards. She was a finalist in the Charles A. Lynam and Opera Company of the Quad Cities Competitions, and has been recognized as a finalist or semi-finalist in many other international competitions. She is a recipient of the Sigma Alpha lota Doctoral Grant, and continues to present recitals and sing operatic roles nationally and internationally.
Peterson, pianist and coach, has appeared in recitals and master classes on five continents, with operatic artists as Martina Arroyo, James King, and Teresa Kubiak, in venues as far-reaching as Hoam Hall in Seoul, the Marian Anderson Festival and Competition, and Manaus, Brazil.
This performance is free of charge.
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