The Santa Fe Opera Invites Audiences to New Digital Series "Consider the Source" Beginning January 19
Santa Fe, NM — The Santa Fe Opera is pleased to announce digital Consider the Source Conversations and Seminars beginning January 19 and running through May 20, 2021. Led by Dr. Jennifer Rhodes, the new series is based on the literary source materials behind the 2021 Festival Season. Participants will explore how the text source for each opera has influenced that production’s creation, including its concept, designs, role interpretations and more. Guests will include mezzo-soprano Megan Marino, director and designer Netia Jones, baritone Etienne Dupuis, soprano Nicole Car, composer John Corigliano and librettist Mark Adamo.
Consider the Source Conversations are free to all and will premiere on the following Tuesdays at 6:00 pm MT: January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20 and May 18, 2021. Registration is not required; viewers can tune in via the opera’s YouTube channel. Conversations will run for approximately 25 minutes and will remain available for on-demand viewing through August.
Consider the Source Seminars will take a deeper dive into the source material for the four operas in the 2021 Festival Season and include a discussion and opportunities for all participants to contribute. Seminars are $30 per session, or $150 for all five sessions, and will take place at 2:00 pm MT on January 21 (sold out), February 18, March 18, April 22 and May 20. Registration is limited to 24 participants. Seminar sessions will run for 75 minutes. More information, including registration for the Seminars, is available at Consider the Source.
Consider the Source participants are encouraged to have read the book selection prior to each Conversation and Seminar and to support local business by purchasing books through Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse in downtown Santa Fe, or other independent bookstores based in one’s region.
About The Presenter
Jennifer Rhodes is a scholar and translator specializing in the relationship between text and music. She holds a PhD in Italian and Comparative Literature; her current book project traces the influence of Richard Wagner on the modern novel. Jennifer’s time at the Santa Fe Opera began in 1998 with a technical apprenticeship. Since 2000, she has been a member of the company’s Titles Department, where her love of words and song takes center stage. Jennifer is currently on the faculty of Columbia University, where she has taught since 2010.
Consider the Source Schedule
January 19, 6 pm MT: Conversation with Megan Marino (The Marriage of Figaro)
January 21: 2 pm MT: Seminar on Beaumarchais’ The Figaro Trilogy: The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro, The Guilty Mother. (Please note that this Seminar is sold out).
February 16, 6 pm MT: Conversation with Netia Jones (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
February 18, 2 pm MT: Seminar on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
March 16, 6 pm MT: Conversation with Etienne Dupuis and Nicole Car (Eugene Onegin)
March 18, 2 pm MT: Seminar on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse.
April 20, 6 pm MT: Conversation with John Corigliano and Mark Adamo (The Lord of Cries)
April 22, 2 pm MT: Seminar on Stoker’s Dracula.
May 18, 6 pm MT: Conversation with surprise guests (The Lord of Cries)
May 20, 2 pm MT: Seminar on Euripides’ Euripides V: Bacchae, Iphigenia in Aulis, The Cyclops, Rhesus.
Consider the Source Book List
Beaumarchais, Pierre-Augustin Caron de. The Figaro Trilogy: The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro, The Guilty Mother. Translated by David Coward. First edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Edited by Sukanta Chaudhuri, Ann Thompson, David Scott, H. R. Woudhuysen and Richard Proudfoot. The Arden Shakespeare Third Series. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Pushkin, Alexander. Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse. Translated by James E. Falen. Reissue edition. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Stoker, Bram. Dracula. Edited by Nina Auerbach and David J. Skal. First edition. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1996.
Euripides. Euripides V: Bacchae, Iphigenia in Aulis, The Cyclops, Rhesus. Edited by Mark Griffith, Glenn W. Most, David Grene and Richmond Lattimore. Translated by William Arrowsmith, Charles Walker and Richmond Lattimore. Third edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.
The Melville Hankins Family Foundation is the Principal Education Sponsor of the Santa Fe Opera.
The 2021 Season
The Santa Fe Opera’s 2021 Season, running July 10 through August 27, presents 30 performances of four operas, including the world premiere of The Lord of Cries by John Corigliano and Mark Adamo directed by James Darrah; the company premiere of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed and designed by Netia Jones; Laurent Pelly’s stylish new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro; a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin directed by Alessandro Talevi; a celebratory concert featuring soprano Angel Blue in her company debut with 2021 Season artists and The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra led by John Fiore; and two Apprentice Scenes performances. The 64th Season celebrates the inclusion of works new to the world stage alongside audience favorites by Mozart and Tchaikovsky, and features some of opera’s most exciting talent. A variety of time periods and languages are represented, with pieces and perspectives dating from 1786 to 2021, sung in English, Italian and Russian. The future season is the second to be led by General Director Robert K. Meya, Artistic Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Harry Bicket, and perfectly fits the time-tested programming model pioneered by Santa Fe Opera founder John Crosby: a balanced and varied repertory of new, rarely performed and standard works portrayed in a new light. The Santa Fe Opera has been working to bring this incredible art form to audiences since 1957, and will continue this work to expand opera’s reach to new and diverse audiences through contemporary works, world premieres and its Opera For All Voices initiative. Says Meya, “The 2021 Season will be a tribute to our unwavering optimism for the future of opera and the delight it can bring to viewers of all ages and backgrounds.”
About The Santa Fe Opera
Lauded by The Wall Street Journal as “the Rolls-Royce of American summer opera festivals,” the Santa Fe Opera annually draws 85,000 people from New Mexico and around the globe. Nestled atop a mountain vista in northern New Mexico, the company’s iconic Crosby Theatre is open on three sides, allowing visitors to enjoy performances complemented by the elements. Since 1957 the company has presented over 2,000 performances of 175 different operas by 89 composers spanning five centuries of opera, creating a legacy of 45 American premieres and 16 world premieres.
The mission of The Santa Fe Opera is to advance the operatic art form by presenting ensemble performances of the highest quality in a unique setting with a varied repertory of new, rarely performed, and standard works; to ensure the excellence of opera’s future through apprentice programs for singers, technicians, and arts administrators; and to foster an understanding and appreciation of opera among a diverse public.