A Profile of Soprano Tony Arnold -- Guest Artist at Santa Fe Chamber Festival 2014

July 18, 2014 9:52 PM

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A Profile of Soprano Tony Arnold -- Guest Artist at Santa Fe Chamber Festival 2014

Soprano Tony Arnold is a luminary in the world of Chamber Music and Art Song. Today's classical composers are inspired by her inherently beautiful voice, consummate musicianship, and embracing spirit. Audiences everywhere recognize her assuredness and mastery over a wide range of musical styles, vocal modes and dramatic challenges. On Wednesday, July 30 and Thursday, July 31, Tony appears at the Santa Fe Chamber Festival with the Orion String Quartet in the U.S. premiere of composer Brett Dean's String Quartet No.2 -- And once I Played Ophelia. Dean's composition was given its UK premiere last May and come November it will be presented in six cities across Australia. With text by Matthew Jocelyn (after Shakespeare), Tony describes the new work as a monodrama.

"Many composers have been attracted to Ophelia," said Tony, "mostly because she appears so infrequently in the play, but has this incredible emotional impact. She is also emotionally mysterious. We take her to be young and naive, but I think there are more robust ways of looking at her. That is what...

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