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Canadian Soprano Hannah Pagenkopf Returns to Bellas Artes


By Fredric Dannen

The music critic Tim Page once said admiringly of a soprano he liked that she sang with a “delighted shiver.” Last year, when the Canadian lyric soprano Hannah Pagenkopf visited San Miguel to record a CD of art songs by a composer who makes his home here, the freshness, warmth, and spontaneity of her voice brought Page’s words to mind. The young singer has won multiple awards in her native Canada and has appeared as a soloist with the prestigious Luminous Voices. Not wishing to miss an opportunity—I produce the semimonthly “Steinway Series” at the Bellas Artes, benefit concerts featuring the best musical talent available—I booked Pagenkopf for her San Miguel debut in September of last year. By the time she was called back for her encore—“I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady—the audience was on its feet.

“From Baroque to Broadway”
By Hannah Pagenkopf, soprano, with pianist Susan Varcoe and special guest Enrique de Allende
Thu, Nov 10, 7pm
Bellas Artes
250 pesos in advance; 300 pesos at the door

“Back by popular demand” is an overworked phrase, but entirely apt in this case. Pagenkopf is giving a single concert in San Miguel this year, on Thursday, November 10, at 7pm, at the theater in the Bellas Artes. She’ll be presenting a program similar in theme to last year’s concert—Baroque to Broadway—and once again Canadian pianist Susan Varcoe will be her accompanist. But this time around Pagenkopf will be joined by a guest vocalist, tenor Enrique de Allende, a local audience favorite of exceptional talent with a shot at an international career.

At press time, Pagenkopf and Allende had not provided a list of the soprano/tenor duets they will be singing at the November 10 concert, but Pagenkopf’s solos will include works by Handel (“Rejoice Greatly,” from The Messiah); Bach (“Weichet Nur, Betrübte Schatten,” from Cantata BWV 202); two Mozart arias; two art songs by Richard Strauss; works by Mendelssohn; Johann Strauss II; and selections from Broadway musicals. She will also sing the aria “Ain’t It a Pretty Night,” from Carlisle Floyd’s classic American opera Susannah. Possessing a supple coloratura voice that reaches a high E flat, Pagenkopf specializes in Baroque music; but she is also a roster artist with an opera company in Calgary and no stranger to light operetta and musical theater.

Pagenkopf’s concert is part of the Bellas Artes “Steinway Series” and will benefit Libros Para Todos, an outreach program to promote reading with a focus on children and young adults. (Visit or for more information.) Advance tickets are 250 pesos (300 pesos at the door on concert night), and are on sale at Solutions, Recreo 11; La Conexión, Aldama 3; and Arthur Murray Dance Center, Salida a Celaya 59. Tickets can also be purchased online at


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