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Santa Fe Opera Presents Annual Winter Tour


Santa Fe Opera artists perform operas and carols in a series of free concerts throughout New Mexico

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The Santa Fe Opera's Holiday Concert at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe New Mexico

The Santa Fe Opera's Holiday Concert at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe New Mexico

Concert Schedule

Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 pm, Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, Placitas

Thursday, December 1, 7:00 pm, Anderson Museum, Roswell

Friday, December 2, 7:30 pm, Rio Grande Theatre, Las Cruces

Sunday, December 4, 3:00 pm, Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque

Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 pm, Old San Ysidro Church, Corrales

Thursday, December 8, 5:30 pm, Santa Cruz de la Canada Church (Holy Cross), Santa Cruz

Friday, December 9, 7:00 pm, Cathedral Basilica, Santa Fe


Admission is free and all are welcome. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors open a half hour before each performance. Just one hour long, the concert is a perfect opportunity for families to enjoy beautiful music during the busy holiday season.

Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Opera cheer is headed to towns throughout New Mexico beginning November 30 for the Opera’s annual winter tour. Former apprentices Alyssa Martin and Jack Swanson will be joined by pianist James Lesniak, performing operatic selections and carols.

Mezzo-soprano Alyssa Martin made her Santa Fe Opera debut as Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette in the summer of 2016 during her second year as an apprentice. She is currently a Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist at Arizona Opera where she will make role debuts as Kitchen Boy in Rusalka, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Angelina in La Cenerentola. Ms. Martin has participated in the young artist programs at Virginia Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Utah Festival Opera.

Tenor Jack Swanson earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Oklahoma and, in May of 2016, received his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. In addition to two seasons with Santa Fe Opera as an apprentice singer, he spent two summers as a young artist with The Seagle Music Colony. Mr. Swanson made his Des Moines Metro Opera debut singing the role of Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff and made his Kennedy Center debut singing selections from Schumann’s Dichterliebe.

Pianist James Lesniak joined the Pittsburgh Opera music staff in the 2006-2007 season. He studied at Indiana University with pianists Menahem Pressler, Karen Shaw, and Evelyne Brancart. In addition, James has served on the coaching staff of Brevard Music Center, Glimmerglass Opera, Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, and the National Symphony. James has served as an official accompanist for both District and Regional Metropolitan Opera Competitions. For the summer months, James is a member of the music staff of Santa Fe Opera.

The mission of 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.