2021 Farewell Recital

Virtual Performance

Music Director and Pianist: José Meléndez

May 8–12, 2021

Join us as we bid farewell to our graduating Resident Artists, Pascale Spinney and Daniel Gallegos! Airing on AVA’s YouTube Channel on Saturday, May 8, 2021. The Farewell Recital will be available to stream from Saturday, May 8th at 7:30pm through Wednesday, May 12th at 11:59pm. This is a free virtual recital, donations are encouraged. 

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The Graduates

Pascale Spinney (mezzo-soprano) is from Montréal, Québec. She earned a B.M. and M.M. both from McGill University. She was a finalist in the 2018 Meistersinger competition in Graz, Austria; and a 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions National Semi-Finalist. She was the recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation in 2018; of the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada Bursary and the Mrs. Edgar Tobin National Award in 2017; and of the Vancouver Opera Foundation Kurt Sickert Scholarship in 2016. At AVA, she has sung Leonore in La favorite, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Turnspit in Rusalka, Una Novizia/Suor Infermiera in Suor Angelica, and Flora in La traviata. Other roles include Ruggiero (cover) in Alcina and Clairon (cover) in Capriccio at Santa Fe Opera; Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Vancouver Opera; and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opéra de Montréal.

Daniel Gallegos (baritone) is from Chihuahua, Mexico. He studied at Conservatorio de Música de Chihuahua, Taller de Ópera de Sinaloa and Sociedad Internacional de Valores al Arte Mexicano. In 2019, he was a finalist in the Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria, and a 2021 District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. At AVA, he has sung Mercutio/Grégoire in Roméo et Juliette, Alphonse XI in La favorite, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Guglielmo in Le Villi, Lackey and Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Donner in Das Rheingold. Previous roles include Silvio in Pagliacci; Mr. Nohlan in The Medium; Baron Douphol in La traviata; Betto in Gianni Schicchi and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte.




La Cenerentola  |  Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)

Come un’ape ne’ giorni d’aprile

Daniel Gallegos, baritone


Ariadne Auf Naxos | Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Sein wir wieder gut

Pascale Spinney, mezzo-soprano 


Te quiero dijste | Maria Grever (1885-1951)

Bésame mucho | Consuelo Velázquez (1916-2005)

Daniel Gallegos


Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91 | Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Gestillte Sehnsucht

Geistliches Wiegenlied

Scott Wager, Viola

Pascale Spinney


Luisa Fernanda | Federico Moreno Torroba (1891-1982)

En mi tierra extremeña

Pascale Spinney and Daniel Gallegos


I Puritani  | Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)

Ah! Per sempre io ti perdei

Daniel Gallegos


L’etoile | Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894)

Romance de L’étoile

Pascale Spinney


Don Quichotte a Dulcinée | Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Chanson romanesque

Chanson épique

Chanson à boire

Daniel Gallegos


Young Frankenstein | Mel Brooks (b. 1926)

He vas my boyfriend

Pascale Spinney


Non t’amo più | Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846-1916)

Daniel Gallegos


Don Giovanni | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Là ci darem la mano

Pascale Spinney and Daniel Gallegos



Meet the Artists
Pascale Spinney ’21
Daniel Gallegos ’21

Special thanks to The Gray Charitable Trust as our Spring Season Sponsor