Santa Fe Opera Seminars

Consider the Source - Conversations and Seminars Opera Insight Virtual Webinar | 2021 Season Seminar 

Consider the Source Conversations & Seminars 


The Santa Fe Opera is pleased to announce the digital offering of Consider the Source Conversations and Seminars. Led by the incomparable Jennifer Rhodes, the series will be based on the source material for the 2021 Santa Fe Opera festival season. Each month, Dr. Rhodes and her guests 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.

Participants can choose to participate in the Consider the Source Conversations, Seminars, or both are encouraged to read the selection prior to each sessionn. We also hope that attendees will support local businesses by purchasing their books through Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse or other independent local bookstores.


Beginning in January, Consider the Source Conversations are free of charge and will launch on five Tuesdays at 6:00 pm MT: January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20 and May 18, 2021. Conversations will run for approximately 25 minutes. No registration is required.


Consider the Source Seminars take a deeper dive into the source material for the four operas of the 2021 festival season and include a discussion and opportunities for all participants to contribute.

Seminars are $30 per session and will take place via zoom at 2:00 pm MT on the following dates:

January 21 (sold out)
February 18 or 23 (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
March 18 or 23 (Eugene Onegin)
April 20 or April 22 (Dracula)
May 20 or May 25 (Euripides V: Bacchae, Iphigenia in Aulis, The Cyclops, Rhesus

Seminar sessions will run for 75 minutes. Registration is required and is limited to 24 participants.

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. 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.

April and May

Stoker, Bram. Dracula. Edited by Nina Auerbach and David J. Skal. 1st 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.

Jennifer Rhodes is a scholar and translator specializing in the relationship between text and music. She holds a Ph.D. 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. 



Please contact Anna Garcia, if you have any questions

Published: January 19

Consider the Source Ep. 1: A Conversation with Megan Marino on "The Marriage of Figaro"

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