Santa Fe Opera Seminars

Opera Insight | 2018 Season Overview


2018 Opera Insight seminar 

“THE GOLDILOCKS PRINCIPLE” – TOOLS FOR APPLIED DIALECTICS – GETTING IT ‘JUST RIGHT’


Schedule & Registration

JULY 19 
6:00-8:00 PM welcome dinner

JULY 20 
9:00 AM THROUGH PERFORMANCE
OF MADAME BUTTERFLY 

JULY 21 
9:00 AM through PERFORMANCE
OF THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS 

JULY 22 
9:00-11:00 AM wrap up

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Please note: all Opera InSight events take place at The Santa Fe Opera ​301 Opera Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87506


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Building upon the success of previous seasons Opera InSight 2018 expands to a weekend seminar for psychologists and the psychologically-minded and is now offered with 12 CEU credits. This new area of performance psychology utilizes music, the libretto, staging, and the director’s interpretation of the opera. This summer the program examines the balance in personal and relational identity in two of the season’s offerings: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers. We experience the passion and spectacle of opera while learning about ourselves. Opera InSight seminars will enhance any clinician’s ability to help their patients and all seminar participants will enhance their capacity to empathize and relate better to the people in their lives.

Presenter Don Fineberg has practiced psychiatry in Santa Fe since 1978 and since 1990 has consulted and taught English and psychology at Santa Fe Prep. He lectures on a variety of topics related to clinical practice, education, and the arts, especially opera. Over 20 years he developed a following for Opera and Psychology, seminars inspired by one of the operas from The Santa Fe Opera’s festival season. Topics included the role of time—a present that incorporates a remembered past and an anticipated future—the ethics of relationships, and the nature of love. In 2016 he introduced Opera InSight that this year returns in an expanded format. In addition to joining the team of Preview Dinner presenters, he again this summer co-leads one of the Opera Seminars.


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OPERA INSIGHT is Sponsored by The Southwestern Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (SIAP). SIAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SIAP maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

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2018 Season Overview seminar

Join us for a guided journey into masterworks of the operatic tradition presented as only The Santa Fe Opera can with unmatched artistic excellence in a unique outdoor setting. Participants will learn about and discuss the 2018 operas, their composers, plots, musical characteristics and performances. These seminars are for those new to opera as well as those who have participated before.

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Schedule & Registration

Session B
July 30 - August 3, 2018

Session C (SOLD OUT)
August 6-10, 2018


Please email your registration form or send by mail to: Alvaro Quintanar, The Santa Fe Opera PO Box 2408, Santa Fe, NM 87504


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Prelude Talks

Your road map for each evening’s performance! These talks are complimentary to ticket holders and are held in Stieren Orchestra Hall twice before most performances.  

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