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    Meet Gronk






    It is unusual to have an artist paint a complete set for an opera, but that is exactly what the famous Los Angeles Chicano artist GRONK is doing during the month of April.  He is in residence in the Opera’s Stieren Hall, creating the visuals for this summer’s production of Vivaldi’s Griselda.  He is unique, and as director Peter Sellars explains, “I don’t know what he is going to do, I have not told him anything.  When an artist paints, he creates a special environment in which the singers will perform.”  GRONK, it will be remembered, prepared the set for the 2005 production of Golijov’s Ainadamar, covering the walls and the floor with his singular perspective on the opera.

    The public is invited to come and meet GRONK, Saturday, April 16 at an Open House from 1:00 until 3:00 in Stieren Hall at the Opera.  He will be working on the set and will be available to answer questions and talk about his work.  There is no charge and reservations are not needed.  Families and especially children are encouraged to come and learn and watch an artist at work.  Those attending may come and leave whenever they wish.

    “Meet GRONK” is part of a new initiative that makes available activities for families to enjoy together and experience what it takes to put an opera on the stage.  Host for the afternoon will be Production Director Paul Horpedahl.  Horpedahl is responsible for all the physical aspects of the Opera’s productions.  His knowledge will provide fascinating insights for those watching GRONK at work.

    GRONK is largely a self-taught artist who describes his influences as coming from German expressionists, cartoons, graffiti artists, and the vernacular art of early civilizations. His murals can be found in and on prominent buildings throughout the country; he has also created a performance piece with the Kronos Quartet.  In his last visit he created a mural for the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque which he will undertake again for the Albuquerque Museum in July.  He is acknowledged for his work with students as teacher and creator.

    Also part of the new family initiative is Family Nights; three opera performances during August.  Faust on the 20th, La Boheme on the 23rd and The Last Savage on the 25th.  Prices are $25 for adults, $12 for children, making coming to the opera more affordable for families.  Performances begin at 8:00.  Tickets are on sale at the Box Office.  505 986 5900, 800 280 4654.

    April 1, 2011

    CONTACT:  Joyce Idema, Cindy Layman                                                               press@santafeopera.org


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