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    2014 Spring Tour



    Once again The Santa Fe Opera’s troop of apprentices, music director Kirt Pavitt, and tour manager Melissa Sardella will pack the opera van and head south. The Spring Tour, the Opera’s annual adventure into the New Mexico landscape, offers a taste of opera to cities as far south as Las Cruces and as far north as Farmington. In-school performances present an original piece written especially for the tour. Called True North, it is the story of two young couples who have appeared on previous tours together and meet by coincidence in an airport. They become reacquainted and share the stories of their lives. The production incorporates music from opera, musical theater, and popular culture. The story was written by Kathleen Clawson and Andrea Fellows Walters with original music by Frederick Frahm. The singers, all former apprentices, are sopranos Abigail Mitchell and Rachel Hall, tenor Joshua Dennis, and baritone Andrew Lovato. Free evening concerts include a performance of True North and a selection of songs and arias.

    The Spring Opera Tour has been going on for more than twenty years, performing in cities and towns in New Mexico (and Lubbock and El Paso) for students and families who may not have an opportunity to travel to Santa Fe. The tour’s appearance is an eagerly anticipated event in communities who vie to be included in the trip’s itinerary.

    The Tour is supported by the Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc.; New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs; the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers’ Tax; and the National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works.

    2014 Spring Opera Tour Schedule

    April 11

    Truth or Consequences

    Public Concert, 7:00 PM, Lee Belle Johnson Center

    April 13


    Public Concert, 3:00 PM, Talkington Hall, The Legacy Event Center

    April 14


    School Performance, Lubbock Cooper Performing Arts Center

    April 16

    Las Cruces

    School Performances, Rio Grande Theatre

    April 17

    El Paso

    School Performances, Chamizal Theater

    April 19

    Las Cruces

    Public Concert, 7:00 PM, Rio Grande Theatre

    April 21-23


    School Performances,  Journal Theater National Hispanic Cultural Center

    April 23

    Rio Rancho

    School Performances,  Rio Rancho High School Performing Arts Center

    April 24


    School Performances, Journal Theater National Hispanic Cultural Center

    April 26

    Rio Rancho

    Public Concert, 4:00 PM, Cleveland High School Concert Hall

    April 27


    Public Concert, 4:00 PM, Simms Auditorium

    April 28

    Santa Fe

    School Performances, Lensic Center for the Performing Arts

    April 29

    April 29

    Pagosa Springs

    Pagosa Springs

    School Performances, Pagosa Springs High School Auditorium

    Public Concert, 7:00 PM, Pagosa Springs High School Auditorium

    April 30


    Public Concert, 7:00 PM,  Henderson Fine Arts Center

    May 1


    Public Concert, 7:30 PM, Macey Center

    May 2


    School Performance, Moriarty High School Performing Arts Center

    May 2


    Public Concert, 7:00 PM, Moriarty High School Performing Arts Center


    Contact: Joyce Idema, Cindy Layman                      Press@santafeopera.org

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