Handel’s Messiah, with its soaring arias, memorable choruses, and hallmark Baroque flourish, is perhaps music’s most enduring message of hope. This annual performance is a Santa Fe tradition and a musical rite of the holiday season.
The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Gary Wedow, Guest Conductor
Carmen Flórez-Mansi, Choral Director
Mary-Hollis Hundley, Soprano
Ann McMahon Quintero, Mezzo-Soprano
Alex Richardson, Tenor
Evan Bravos, Baritone
Mary-Hollis Hundley, soprano
Mary-Hollis Hundley, soprano, recently won first place in the Brava! James M. Collier Vocal Competition and received an Encouragement Award from the Wagner Society of New York. She has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, George London Foundation, Gerda Lissner Young Artist Institute, the Richard Gaddes Fund at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Sarasota Opera Guild.
Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano
A true singing actor, Ann McMahon Quintero has never known a life without an audience to entertain. From her early days as a an instrumentalist, chorister and dancer, she has evolved into a mezzo-soprano who enjoys a career on the operatic and concert stage―where her rich voice has been praised by the Baltimore Sun for her "fully nuanced" portrayals of characters ranging from Verdi's Amneris, Azucena and Mistress Quickly to the Old Lady In Candide.
Alex Richardson, baritone
Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, Alex Richardson holds degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Manhattan School of Music. He participated in young artist programs at Central City Opera, The Santa Fe Opera (two seasons), and Tanglewood Music Center under the direction of James Levine (two seasons).
Evan Bravos, baritone
Greek-American Baritone Evan Bravos has been praised for his strong singing and acting and marked as “a young talent to watch” by the Chicago Tribune. He has received international acclaim for his expressivity, standout stage presence and artful interpretations of opera, oratorio and art song repertoire.
Gary Wedow, Guest Conductor
Conductor Gary Thor Wedow has established an enviable reputation for dramatically exciting and historically informed performances with opera companies, orchestras, festivals and choral organizations throughout North America. Opera News has hailed him for his “hot music making” and “convincingly elegant period style.”
Carmen Flórez-Mansi, choral director
Carmen Flórez-Mansi, a native of New Mexico, currently serves as the Pastoral Associate for Music at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Since 1989, she has performed as a vocal artist, choral conductor, vocal instructor and liturgy specialist throughout the Southwest, including solo appearances with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.
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