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Opera singer to host concert

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By Special to the Monitor

At 7:30 p.m. tonight at Fuller Lodge Melissa Riedel will perform a concert.

Riedel is a former student of Karolyn Coulter and recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance.

During the concert Friday, Riedel will perform a work titled, “Galgenlieder” by contemporary composer Jan Koetsier, and will be joined by Sean Kennedy, a tuba player. She will also sing works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern. She will be joined by Keiko Shimono, pianist.

Admission is free and donations will be accepted to help defray costs associated with Riedel’s acceptance into the Elardo Young Artist Opera Program, which is a part of the Intermezzo Organization.

 This July, Riedel will travel to Bruges, Belgium, to take part in this program and will perform the role of Alma Marsh in “Little Women,” an opera by composer Mark Adamo.

Riedel currently resides in Albuquerque and is studying with Donna McRae. She and her husband, Andrew Espinoza are planning to relocate to Los Alamos where Riedel will continue teaching privately and pursuing performance opportunities.