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    2013 Apprentice Scenes



    The talented young singers and technicians of The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice programs take center stage for two evenings of apprentice scenes on August 11 and 18. The singers will star in a variety of fully staged and costumed scenes from opera which the technicians have designed and built.

    The program on August 11 includes scenes from Don Giovanni, Beatrice and Benedict, Don Pasquale, Boulevard Solitude, Carmen, Count Ory, Ariodante, and Falstaff. On August 18 the selection includes scenes from ElektraBilly Budd, Lakme, The Bartered Bride, Die Fledermaus, Giulio Cesare, Doubt, and The Italian Girl in Algiers. The performances take place on the main stage of The Santa Fe Opera at 8:00 p.m.

    43 singers were selected from 1,000 applications and 73 technicians were selected from 700 applications to participate in the 2013 Apprentice Programs. The scenes programs are just one of many opportunities offered to the young singers and technicians by The Santa Fe Opera. The apprentice singers make up the chorus for each of the five operas, appear in supporting roles, and serve as understudies for principal roles. Technicians get hands-on experience in set, costume and property construction, operating sound and lighting equipment, and serving as the running crew for each of the five operas.

    The Apprentices programs cost approximately $1.525 million annually. The programs are funded in part by the Gala Opening Weekend Celebration, the August Gala Dinner, income generated by endowment funds managed by the Santa Fe Opera, and contributions from the annual operating fund. The Rosemarie Shellaberger Apprenticeship Fund is the major underwriter of the Apprentice Scenes Programs. The Santa Fe Opera is also grateful to the following companies and foundations for their support: American Airlines and the de Compiegne-Wallace Foundation.

    Reserved seating prices for the Apprentice Scenes are $21 for adults and $7 for children ages 6-17. Tickets may be purchased at the Santa Fe Opera Box Office, online at www.santafeopera.org, or by calling 505 986 5900 or 800 280 4654.

     July 30, 2013

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


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