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Santa Fe Opera Presents Shoes for the Santo Niño

An Opera for All Ages & Audition Call for Youth Entering 4th-12th Grades


Sunday, August 13, 2 – 4 PM, Santa Fe Opera

Sunday, August 20, 2 – 4 PM, Santa Fe Opera

Auditioning boys and girls entering 4th-12th grades for roles and chorus. Be prepared to sing a 1 – 2 minute piece from classical, sacred, or folk music repertoire only. Please bring sheet music. Accompanist will be provided. Call 505.946.2413 to schedule an audition.


Friday,  December 1 – 7:00 PM, Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Journal Theatre

Saturday, December 2 – 2:00 PM Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Journal Theatre

Friday, December 8 – 7:00 PM Santa Fe, The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

Saturday, December 9 – 2:00 PM Santa Fe, The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

Shoes for the Santo Nino

Santa Fe, NM – This winter Santa Fe Opera presents the return of Shoes for the Santo Niño, an opera for all ages originally commissioned in 2011. Based off the children’s story by New Mexico native Peggy Pond Church, the opera tells the story of Julianita, the youngest of eleven children, who slips out of her home one evening to take a pair of “practical” shoes she has made, to the Santo Niño. Upon entering the church, the Santo Niño and other saints come to life, whisking Julianita off into an evening of mystery, magic and miracles.

Santa Fe Opera is currently scheduling auditions for roles and chorus, to be held August 13 and 20. Call 505.946.2413 to schedule an audition. Rehearsals will be held every Sunday from September 17 – November 12, 3:15 – 5:15 PM, and on Sunday, November 19, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.

The opera was composed by Stephen Paulus, with a libretto by Andrea Fellows Walters, the Director of Education & Community Programs at Santa Fe Opera. Mezzo-soprano Sarah Coit and baritone Jorge Espino, both current apprentices, will sing the principal roles. Santa Fe Opera Chorus Master Susanne Sheston is music director and conductor; Carmen Florez Mansi is chorus master. Kathleen Clawson, Assistant Director of the Apprentice Program for Singers at Santa Fe Opera, is stage director, with production design by Brian J. Bustos, and stage management by Laurel Wiley.

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.