Priscilla Salisbury Headlines Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s ‘Sueños de Esperanza’

By David Salazar

Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble will present “Sueños de Esperanza” on Dec. 6, 2020.

The virtual recital will feature soprano Priscilla Salisbury and pianist Teruhiko Toda as they take on an expansive piece by composer Henry Mollicone with texts by Maria Marroquin.

The cycle of songs focuses on the four stories of immigrant women named Alicia, Lilia, Raquel, and Maria with their own unique challenges.

“I am an immigrant living in this country for 25 years and I’ve been a citizen for about seven of those years,” Salisbury states in the program notes for the showcase. “It was a very long and challenging process moving to a new country, learning a new language and culture and not feeling like I belonged. I can now confidently say that this is my home and I have a voice for all immigrants who come to this country in search of a better life. I connect with the stories of these four women and have shared common emotions and concerns at some point in my life. I hope these pieces can bring comfort to the oppressed and bring awareness to the heedless.

This recital is part of the company’s “Songs from Hibernation” series. Next up will be “Heart on Sleeves” featuring Jessica Bloch, another recital featuring James Danner and Chris Fecteau, as well as “Uplifting a Struggling Spirit” starring Christa Dalmazio. The company opens 2021 with “El Viaje definitivo” headlined by Luisamaria Hernandez.