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The Lensic Performing Arts Center, The Santa Fe Opera, and SITE Santa Fe Present PASSAGES: OPERA ACROSS SANTA FE


Three Santa Fe Arts Organizations Collaborate to Broaden Access and Exposure to Opera Across the City

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Santa Fe, NM— Three distinct Santa Fe cultural organizations—The Lensic Performing Arts Center, The Santa Fe Opera, and SITE Santa Fe—will partner to present Passages: Opera Across Santa Fe, a year-long programmatic and marketing collaboration designed to provide multiple dynamic and complementary experiences in the exploration and celebration of opera. The collaboration will promote Santa Fe as the premier destination for an immersive opera experience in 2018-19, share and expand respective audiences, and provide multiple access points to understanding and appreciating Opera in order to make this iconic art form enticing and accessible to both new and existing audiences.

This collaboration is funded in part by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission’s Collaborative Arts Marketing Program.

Passages’ joint programs include:

The Lensic Performing Arts Center: October 2018 – May 2019

The new Met: Live in HD season, which includes live simulcasts and encore presentations. Featured are Aïda, Samson et Dalila, La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West), Marnie, La traviata, Adriana Lecouvreure, Carmen, La Fille du Régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment), Die Walküre, and Dialogues des Carmélites. Also at the Lensic: A live performance of No Tenors Allowed, starring Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni (May 2).

SITE Santa Fe Contemporary Art Exhibition: March – September 2019

Bel Canto: Contemporary Artists Explore Opera is an exhibition that brings together a celebrated group of artists and works that examine the music, design, history, and architecture of the opera. Featured artists include: Vasco Araújo (Portugal), Suzanne Bocanegra (US), Candida Höfer (Germany), Guillermo Kuitca (Argentina), Yinka Shonibare MBE (UK/Nigeria), and Matthias Schaller (Germany), among others.

The Santa Fe Opera’s 2019 Season: June 28 – August 24, 2019

La bohème, Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers), Così fan tutte, Jenůfa, The Thirteenth Child, and Renée Fleming in Recital

Each partner promotes a unique Santa Fe experience through its state-of-the-art programming. The Lensic’s diverse and dynamic productions within its historic landmark theater, The Santa Fe Opera’s world-class talent amidst Santa Fe’s breathtaking landscape, and SITE’s internationally-acclaimed contemporary art exhibitions in its award-winning building each attract visitors from all over the region and the world and amplify Santa Fe as a high-profile destination for the arts.

Beginning in the fall of 2018 through Summer of 2019, Passages will highlight the rich programming of these three organizations and showcase the diverse opportunities to access and interpret the art form of Opera through various media.

The collaboration will offer a new creative identity and marketing plan designed to promote each organization’s activities to audiences locally and nationally; develop a series of cross-promotional initiatives to drive audiences to partner productions and events; and create new collaborative content in the form of podcasts and public programming offering behind the scenes glimpses of Opera productions, interviews with artists, and vibrant public programs exploring cultural and historical context relevant to exhibited art and performances.

For more information or interviews, please reach out to media contacts:

Dianna Delling

Director of Communications
Lensic Performing Arts Center
505-988-7050 x1211

Anne Wrinkle

Director of External Affairs
SITE Santa Fe
505.989.1199 x22

Daniel Zillmann

Director of Media and Public Relations
The Santa Fe Opera

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 and enrich an understanding and appreciation of opera among a diverse public.

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