Mezzo soprano Kate Aldrich, a Midcoast native who has become an international opera star, returns to her home turf for “Innerscapes,” a five-concert series with the DaPonte String Quartet that begins Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St.

“Innerscapes” comprises Respighi’s string quartet Quartetto Dorico plus two pieces for quartet and mezzo soprano: Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach Op. 3; and Respighi’s “Il Tramonto.”

Aldrich grew up in Damariscotta and since has made a name for herself around the world as a mezzo performing major roles in the world’s greatest opera houses — including the Met, La Scala and San Francisco — with such opera greats as (most recently) Placido Domingo.

Tickets are $30, free for those younger than 21, available by calling 529-4555; at; and, locally, Sherman’s in Camden. “Innerscapes” also will be performed Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Bigelow Labs in East Boothbay; Thursday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm (call 646-4521); Friday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Alna Meetinghouse; and Monday, Aug. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Brunswick’s Unitarian Church.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or