High School Mastery Programs

Young Technicians | Young Voices | National Opera Week 2017


The program is designed to introduce high school students to the many aspects of technical theater employed in opera productions and the process used by creative teams to take a score/libretto from the page to the stage.

Areas addressed include scenic construction and painting, lighting and projections, properties, costuming, and stage management along with the understanding of aesthetic issues in performance planning, design, preparation, realization, and management of the production.

The hands-on studio and production program consists of after school workshops, weekend intensives, and summer opportunities taught by opera staff, visiting technical professionals, instructors, and mentors. 

  • Open to high school students
  • Program is FREE to those who are accepted -- apply early as emrollment is limited
  • ​Introductory school-site demo workshops with opera production studio tours available on a limited basis



Learn, imagine, create and tell the story of a character through their clothes. In this workshop of costume rendering you will work with various mediums such as pencil, watercolor and collage to create a costume design for an opera. All levels welcome.

Led by Brianna Fristoe, who has worked in opera, ballet, fashion and film since 2010 and with The Santa Fe Opera since 2012. She enjoys the collaborative nature of design and costume technology and bringing it to the stage. Brianna studied Costume for Performance at the London College of Fashion. Brianna is the Costume Stock and Rental Coordinator for The Santa Fe Opera.

All materials and tools will be provided. For questions email:  youngtechnicians@santafeopera.org 

Additional Workshops to follow in March and April 2018. Please check back. 



Complete and return the Application form and the signed Parental/Guardian agreement form by February 20, 2018. Submit via email at youngtechnicians@santafeopera.org or by mail to:

The Santa Fe Opera
Attention: Young Technicians Program of the Santa Fe Opera
PO Box 2408 
Santa Fe, NM 87504-2408 

The Young Technicians of the Santa Fe Opera program is designed to introduce high school students to the many aspects of technical theater employed in opera productions and the process used by creative teams to take a score/ libretto from the page to the stage. 

Application (PDF)

Young Voices 

The Young Voices of The Santa Fe Opera was created in January of 2008 to encourage, nurture, and guide high school students exhibiting talent, desire, and potential for singing classical music. Program participants receive voice lessons and musical coaching by The Santa Fe Opera’s music staff as well as training in diction, music theory, and basic acting. In addition, students participate in Master Classes by visiting guest artists, attend cultural events, and have multiple opportunities to gain performance experience through studio classes, community engagement activities, and public performances. Participation in this program is free of charge, however students are asked to commit to a regular and rigorous training process. Since the inception of the Young Voices, seventy-two students have participated in the program and many are now pursuing further studies in prestigious music programs.

  • Open to students entering 9th-12th grades in August 2017.
  • Program is free to those who are accepted.

Please check back in Spring 2018 for the application.

Young Voices Recital Schedule 

Sunday, May 20, 2018 
3:00pm in Gaddes Hall at The Santa Fe Opera

Young Voices 2017-2018


Angelica Adams
10th Grade
Sandia Prep School
Camille Bajema
11th Grade
Santa Fe Prep
Jacqueline Bell
10th Grade
Santa Fe High School
Joliana Davidson
11th Grade
Cibola High School
Eleanor Henderson
10th Grade
Los Alamos High School
Courtney Kaltenbach
12th Grade
Eldorado High School
Cristina Morrison
12th Grade
St. Michael's High School


Valeria De Lira Richards
12th Grade
St. Michael's High School
Maya Rogers
10th Grade
Los Alamos High School


Ki Cooley-Winters
12th Grade
Desert Academy
Colin Miller
11th Grade
Sandia Prep School


Zach Blanchard
10th Grade
Sandia Prep School
Shane Michael Conley
10th Grade
Bosque School
Christopher Ober
12th Grade
Homeschool, Los Lunas
Jeremyah Palmer-Scott
11th Grade
Los Alamos High School

National Opera Week 

Please check back in Fall 2018 for the National Opera Week events schedule.

Watch a National Opera Week welcome video by local chairs Sandy and Sam Donaldson.


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