Pueblo Opera Program
The 2023 Season marked the 50th anniversary of the Pueblo Opera Program (POP). Since 1973, more than 100,000 children and families from New Mexico’s 23 Sovereign Nations have attended the Santa Fe Opera. The Pueblo Opera Program thrives on the shared value and belief in the power of storytelling. It is led by an advisory council that includes many past participants and Tribal Elders from around the state. Over the years POP members have participated in Youth Nights, student-produced operas, fashion shows, and the historic offering of a corn dance before and during performances of Doctor Atomic in 2018.
The Santa Fe Opera celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Pueblo Opera Program (POP) with a new documentary film. The Pueblo Opera Program: And What Could Be Next, directed by Beverly R. Singer of Santa Clara Pueblo and produced by the Pueblo Opera Cultural Council (POCC) in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera, chronicles the 50-year history between the Santa Fe Opera and Pueblo and Tribal Communities of New Mexico examining how this innovative programming has inspired Pueblo and Tribal youth to engage with opera, including attending Youth Nights at the Opera and performing at the Santa Fe Opera. The film premiered at The Lensic on July 30, 2023 and in October was featured as an official selection at the Santa Fe International Film Festival.