In addition to our mainstage productions, the Opera is dedicated to offering diverse
and enriching programs throughout the Southwest.


Alto (active learning through opera)


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Through The Santa Fe Opera's Active Learning Through Opera (ALTO) Program, elementary and middle school students make meaningful connections between an academic topic and an element of opera, and demonstrate their understanding of both through performance. In multi-week residencies, teaching artists from the Opera collaborate with classroom teachers to engage students in the experience of being composers, librettists, singers, dancers, actors or visual artists. Students create original work based on the form they focus on and their unit of study, so classes may create dances that demonstrate the systems of the human body, or an entire through-composed opera based on the Hero's Journey or Tall Tales.

The Santa Fe Opera continues to work with Santa Fe and Rio Rancho Public Schools.

Guided by theater and composer artists-in-residence, children begin by drawing from their imaginations, popular literature and culture, and social or historical themes, as well as personal mythologies, for the subjects of their own operas. Once the stories are complete and set to music, the children design and build their costumes and scenery. They then are cast in roles and work sessions become "rehearsals."

To date, more than 12,000 children have produced 175 operas, performing to audiences of parents, classmates, and friends totaling nearly 50,000 people. View video 

ALTO Fall Festival Rio Rancho
Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 6:00 pm
Rio Rancho High School Performing Arts Center

ALTO Spring Festival Rio Rancho
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 6:00 pm
Cleveland High School Recital Hall

For more information, e-mail Director of Education and Community Programs 
Andrea Walters or call 505-986-5955.

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