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Spotlight Series | Prelude Talks

Spotlight Series — illuminating topics in Opera since 2012!

In the dark about opera? Well, lighten up with the Santa Fe Opera’s Spotlight Series!

Join conductor and educator Oliver Prezant for the Santa Fe Opera's fun, informative Spotlight Series. Each presentation looks at a variety of operas through the lens of a single topic, and ends with a preview of one of the productions of the SFO’s upcoming season. 

Whether you’re an aficionado or a newcomer, these engaging, accessible presentations will increase your enjoyment and understanding of opera, and will prepare you to get the most out of the SFO's 2018 Summer season. Admission is free.


Opera, Operetta, or Broadway Show?

So what’s the difference? We’ll look at works from these three related genres, along with preview of Leonard Bernstein's Candide.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe
SUNDAY, APRIL 15: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque

Long Ago and Far Away

An exploration of "exotic" locales and characters in opera, culminating in a preview of Puccini's Madame Butterfly.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe
SUNDAY, APRIL 22: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque

Funny Music

When librettists create plot twists and clever dialogue, how do composers create music to match? We'll look at the work of several composers, including a preview of Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri.

FRIDAY, MAY 4: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe
SUNDAY, MAY 13: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque

Comedy Meets Drama

What happens when a comedy gets serious? Or when a drama goes for the laugh? We'll explore a variety of operas that mix it up, along with a preview of Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.

FRIDAY, MAY 18: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe
SUNDAY, MAY 27: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque

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Prelude Talks

Your road map for that evening’s performance, these talks are complementary to ticket holders and are held in Stieren Orchestra Hall twice before most performances. The first talk is given two hours before the performance and the second is one hour before. For best availability and due to popularity, the first talk is recommended.

Please note: Prelude Talks are not offered on June 29, 2018, or before Apprentice Showcase Scenes.

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