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Santa Fe Opera performs here for winter tour

Jorge Espino and Sarah Coit bring their renowned talent to a performance today at the Anderson Museum. (Submitted Photo)

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During the holiday season, the artists of the Santa Fe Opera perform in local churches and auditoriums around the state.

The Santa Fe Opera winter tour takes them today to the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art for their annual holiday concert.

This holiday season, the public can look forward to hearing mezzo-soprano Sarah Coit and baritone Jorge Espino. Wojciech Milewski serves as the music director.

Coit was a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, where she played Richard in the American premiere of Handel’s “Richard the Lionheart.” As a member of the 2016 Apprentice Singer Program at the Santa Fe Opera, she played the role of Erika in Barber’s “Vanessa.” She was a 2017 national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. This past summer, she returned to the Santa Fe Opera as an apprentice singer and sang several roles including that of Alisa in “Lucia di Lammermoor.”

Coit holds degrees in music studies and theatre performance from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

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Mexican baritone Espino continues his professional studies at Curtis Institute of Music, singing the title role of Eugene Onegin for the 2017-18 season. At the Santa Fe Opera this past summer, he performed Prince Afron in “The Golden Cockerel.”

Espino is a graduate from the Academy of Vocal Arts. He studied at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Mexico City. Espino has been awarded prizes in Mario Lanza, Giulio Gari, Licia Albanese, Giargiari Bel Canto, Artescénica, Irma Gonzalez and Carlo Morelli competitions. Additionally, he has performed with numerous orchestras including Italy AgimusArte, the Orchestra of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, the Orchestra of the Teatro de Bellas Artes and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Michoacan in Acapulco, Mexico.

Milewski, pianist, is returning to the Santa Fe Opera. In spring 2016, he served as music director for the premiere of SFO’s commissioned opera, “UnShakeable.”

Shortly thereafter, Milewski became the new music director of the Summerville Orchestra in Summerville, South Carolina. Prior to his appointment in South Carolina, he served as assistant conductor at the Opera NEO festival in San Diego, California, and as associate conductor for El Paso Opera’s production of “Carmen.”

During his time in New Mexico, he also guest conducted two concert series with the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra. Off of the podium, he maintains an active performing career as a pianist and clarinetist, having performed with various programs for Opera Southwest, the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, the San Juan Symphony, the national Broadway tours of “Wicked” and “The Book of Mormon,” and the Roswell Symphony Orchestra.

Past studies include workshops and festivals in Orvieto, Italy, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the California Conductor’s Institute and the Bard College Conductor’s Institute. His past conducting teachers include Jorge Perez-Gomez, John Farrer and Daniel Hege.

Milewski is an alumnus of the University of New Mexico and the State University of New York at Oswego, and is based out of the Charleston, South Carolina, area.

The SFO Holiday concert takes place today at the Anderson Museum, 409 E. College Blvd., at 3 p.m. For more information, call 575-623-5600.

Vision Editor Christina Stock can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.

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