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We offer a variety of learning opportunities for adults throughout the year. These include introductory spotlights, psychological insights and in-depth seminars during our season.

Prelude Talks

Oliver Prezant

Presenter - Oliver Prezant

A road map for your evening’s performance, these talks are complimentary to ticket holders and are held in Stieren Orchestra Hall twice before most performances. The first talk is given two hours before the performance, and the second is one hour before.

On July 5, 7, 8, 14 and 15 the prelude talks are held once only in the theater at 7 pm. Prelude Talks are not offered on June 30 or before the Apprentice Scenes on August 13 and 20.

Oliver Prezant Bio


Orpheus Seminar

“Music, Myth, Magic and the Legend of Orpheus”

James M. Keller and Mary Springfels will be your guide through the Orpheus myth. Topics will include:

  • Origins of the myth
  • Its revival in the Italian Renaissance
  • Its effect on virtuoso singing and the birth of Opera
  • Monteverdi’s interpretation of “magical” Orpheus
  • Modern re-imaginings of Monteverdi
  • How the myth has inspired composers from Monteverdi through the present day.

When: Thursday, July 27, 2023
Time: 10 am – 3 pm (includes lunch break)
Price: $125/person (lunch not included). Lunch is available on campus at the Dapples Pavilion.
Where: Stieren Pavilion, The Santa Fe Opera

James M. Keller Bio

Mary Springfels Bio

For more information or to register, contact Alvaro Quintanar by email at or by phone 505-946-2404.

Opera InSight

Opera InSight 2023: A New View of an Enduring Artform

Don Feinberg headshot

Presenter - Don Fineberg

In addition to an opera’s glorious music, story and spectacle, opera speaks to our human experience: its triumphs and tragedies, our deepest feelings and most perceptive ideas. Opera Insight explores this deeper, human experience of opera. In 2023 Festival Season, we focus on passionate variations of love and longing, including: Jealousy (Tosca), Redemptive Sacrifice (The Flying Dutchman), Repressed Longing (Pelléas et Mélisande), Unrequited Passion (Rusalka), and finally, Challenging Death itself (Orfeo). Each in its own way tells a love story for the ages.

Videos to come soon!

Dr. Don Fineberg Bio

theater with glowing lights at night with hills in background

I wouldn’t miss this experience again for any reason but death, severe illness or financial ruin!

Seminar Participant

Inside theater with audience at performance

For more information, contact:

Alvaro Quintanar
Audience Engagement Manager