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May 31, 2013

Saving the art song

'Belle of Amherst' to be feted in musical recital

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She and Mann will be joined by Leslie Tay, a tenor born in Singapore who debuted at Carnegie Hall with New York Lyric Opera.

These singers appreciate the opportunity to sing art songs, Soll said, and they also enjoy delivering the spoken material she has assembled around them.

“When you take singers who’ve been doing opera a lot, and here they are just speaking, it took them some time to get used to that,” she said. “It feels so different, so exposed.”

Soll also believes that, although the composers are modern, their music will appeal to a wide audience.

“You’re going to find it’s loving music, it’s not atonal ‘honk, squeak,’” Soll said. “We lull people into a sense of security. They’re not going to be scared.”

IF YOU GO

What: A Musical Portrait of Emily Dickinson

When: Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Home of John Archer, 10 North St., Danvers

To benefit: Boston Singers’ Relief Fund

Admission: Suggested donation of $20 will be collected at the door.

More information and reservations: Reservations recommended, by calling 978-352-5058 or by emailing info@BostonSingersResource.org.

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