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THE SANTA FE OPERA invites audiences to new digital series Consider the Source beginning January 19

The Santa Fe Opera is pleased to announce digital Consider the Source Conversations and Seminars beginning January 19 and running through May 20, 2021. Led by Dr. Jennifer Rhodes, the new series is based on the literary source materials behind the 2021 Festival Season. Participants 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.

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THE SANTA FE OPERA presents digital winter concert Songs of the Season premiering on December 6

The Santa Fe Opera presents Songs of the Season featuring former Santa Fe Opera apprentice singers Joshua Dennis and Briana Elyse Hunter, the Young Voices of the Santa Fe Opera and Santa Fe Opera Head of Music Staff Robert Tweten at the piano. This free online concert was filmed at the Santa Fe Opera and historic churches across Northern New Mexico and showcases musical selections by Puccini, Morten Lauridsen, Stephen Paulus, Irving Berlin and more. Premiering Sunday, December 6 at 3 pm MT across the opera's FacebookInstagram and YouTube channels and website, the event will remain available for 24 hours for viewers to enjoy. All activities are completed in accordance with current health and safety guidelines.

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THE SANTA FE OPERA releases bonus episode of key Change Podcast featuring grand-niece of Fannie Lou Hamer

Join Andrea Fellows Fineberg, the Santa Fe Opera's Director of Community Engagement, in conversation with librettist Diana Solomon-Glover and voting and civil rights activist LaToya Ratlieff, the grand-niece of Fannie Lou Hamer. They converse about art, voting rights advocacy and our role in preserving democracy.⁠ This bonus episode of the Key Change podcast is available on all major podcasting apps including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.⁠

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THE SANTA FE OPERA presents an encore screening of Is This America?

Join the Santa Fe Opera online for "Is this America?" a three-scene workshop of the new, one-act opera This Little Light of Mine commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera. The work portrays key events in the life of voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. A Black woman of humble origins, she spoke truth to power and her tireless efforts culminated in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.⁠

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The Santa Fe Opera’s 2021 Season, running July 10 through August 27, presents 30 performances of four operas, including the world premiere of The Lord of Cries by John Corigliano and Mark Adamo directed by James Darrah; the company premiere of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed and designed by Netia Jones; Laurent Pelly’s stylish new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro; a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin directed by Alessandro Talevi; a celebratory concert featuring soprano Angel Blue in her company debut with 2021 Season artists and The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra led by John Fiore; and two Apprentice Scenes performances.

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The Santa Fe Opera Presents an online screening of Is This America? featuring scenes from a new opera about the life & work of voting rights activist fannie lou hamer

On Friday, October 23 at 6:00 pm MT the Santa Fe Opera and Center for Contemporary Arts will present a special online screening of Is This America?, a workshop of the new, one-act opera This Little Light of Mine that portrays key events in the life of voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. A Black woman of humble origins, she spoke truth to power and her tireless efforts culminated in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As part of the Center for Contemporary Arts’ Living Room Series, the national screening of Is This America? will be followed by a panel discussion with stage director Beth Greenberg, composer Chandler Carter and librettist Diana Solomon-Glover. The panelists will discuss the origins of their new opera, This Little Light of Mine, and the importance of hearing the collective voices of all U.S. citizens in the November 3, 2020 presidential election.

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The Santa Fe Opera will hold online auditions for 2021 apprentice singers program

The Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Program for Singers is internationally recognized as one of the finest programs of its kind. On average each year approximately 40 apprentice singers are chosen from a competitive applicant pool. Those who are selected participate in a rigorous program of training and performances, which includes supporting roles in main stage operas, starring in two evenings of apprentice scenes, vocal coachings, master classes, and auditions for opera companies and artist managers. Due to the ongoing uncertainty related to COVID-19 and governmental restrictions, the Santa Fe Opera will be screening and auditioning candidates online for consideration of acceptance into the 2021 Apprentice Program for Singers. No live auditions will be held this year.

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The Santa Fe Opera announces appointment of Susan Graham as honorary Board member

The Santa Fe Opera is proud to announce the appointment of Susan Graham as an Honorary Board member of the Santa Fe Opera Board of Directors. A Native New Mexican, the acclaimed mezzo-soprano and Santa Fe Opera audience favorite has performed with the company numerous times over the years in productions of such operas as CapriccioLucio SillaLa belle Hélène, Die Fledermaus and Beatrice and Benedict. She recently hosted the premiere episode of the company’s first-ever digital performance series, “Songs from the Santa Fe Opera.”

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The Santa Fe Opera Honors the 2020 Season with new digital performance series Songs from the Santa Fe Opera

Songs from the Santa Fe Opera celebrates the opening nights of the five originally-scheduled operas that were to comprise the 2020 Summer Festival Season. Susan Graham, acclaimed mezzo-soprano and Santa Fe Opera audience favorite, hosts the Opening Night of the season and a celebration of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville from the stage of the Santa Fe Opera on Friday, July 3, followed by other opera luminaries in later presentations.

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KHFM celebrates ThE Santa Fe Opera in a Festival of the Performing Arts

Tune in Thursday, May 21 from 4 to 6 pm (MDT) to celebrate the Santa Fe Opera! Classical 95.5 KHFM and host Brent Stevens will showcase the Santa Fe Opera in a special Festival of the Performing Arts 2-hour broadcast. Listeners will hear an homage to the opera's 2020 Season in the form of classic arias performed by Santa Fe Opera artists Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Natalie Dessay, Thomas Hampson, Christine Brewer and Kangmin Justin Kim. The broadcast will also look to the future with music by John Corigliano and recordings by Patricia Racette and Anthony Roth Costanzo. General Director Robert K. Meya co-hosts to share Santa Fe Opera news and more.

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ThE Santa Fe Opera Makes Personal protective Equipment for Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center & the Navajo Nation

Normally during this time of year, the Santa Fe Opera's talented costume shop staff would be distributing fabric patterns and stocking the supply room with thread, buttons and sewing needles, and welcoming seasonal staff to begin work on garment construction. This year is far from normal. Instead of intricate costumes, costume shop and production staff, along with select volunteers, have been focused on creating personal protective equipment (PPE). Over the past 2 months, Costume Director Missy West and her team have been making masks for New Mexicans from home. More recently they were approved by the Governor's Office to use Santa Fe Opera facilities (on a rotating schedule) to sew face masks for the Santa Fe community and washable gowns for the health care workers at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. They have been cutting patterns from water-resistant nylon and sewing 7 – 10 gowns per day. This is part of a 16-group community effort committed to making a total of 1,000 personal protective equipment gowns. They have also provided over 200 gowns to the Navajo Nation. All fabric and materials were sourced and approved by the hospital. While the patterns for these gowns may be simpler than what the SFO team is accustomed to creating, their purpose is infinitely more profound. ⁠It is our hope that this additional layer of protection will help keep the essential workers in our community safe.

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Santa Fe Opera General Director Robert K. Meya announces the Cancellation of 2020 Season due to COVID-19

Says Meya, "It is with profound sadness that I announce today that the Santa Fe Opera has been forced to cancel its 2020 Season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This difficult but necessary decision was made with the health and safety of our staff, artists, patrons and the entire Santa Fe community at the forefront of our thoughts."

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The Santa Fe Opera creates Personal Protection Equipment for New Mexicans and CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center

Writes Monica Roman Gagnier of the Albuquerque Journal, "In addition to stitching up designs for such planned 2020 productions as “The Barber of Seville” and the August world premiere of “M. Butterfly,” the costume shop has been making masks, gowns and other personal protective equipment to help arm health care responders against the perils of COVID-19.

One of the masks has received top billing from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has been donning protective gear during her virtual press conferences..."

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Santa Fe Opera community mourns passing of founding member Thomas Catron

Thomas “Tommy” Catron III, a Santa Fe attorney who practiced law for nearly 70 years and whose energy and drive helped start a number of local arts organizations, died Friday from pneumonia at his Santa Fe home...

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The Santa Fe Opera launches Stories that Sing! in partnership with the Santa Fe Public Library

The Santa Fe Opera is delighted to share its new digital version of Opera Makes Sense — Stories that Sing!, created in collaboration with the Santa Fe Public Library and featuring The Young Voices of The Santa Fe Opera. Families and children are encouraged to tune in at 10 am MT each Saturday morning throughout the month of May for free music, art and poetry. All episodes will be available on the opera's YouTube channel.

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The Santa Fe Opera publishes third message from General director Robert K. Meya regarding COVID-19, announces May 12 as decision date for 2020 Season

Writes Meya, "Over the course of the last six weeks, the Santa Fe Opera Leadership Team and Board of Directors have been working tirelessly to evaluate all possible scenarios for the future of our 2020 Season. Working in close communication with the Office of the Governor, we continue to keep the health and safety of our artists, staff and patrons as the primary factor in all deliberations..."⁠

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The Santa Fe Opera launches new video series Conversations in Quarantine

With Conversations in Quarantine, the Santa Fe Opera creates a space for intimate conversations with Santa Fe Opera artists in quarantine around the world. Viewers find out how they are, where they are, and what they are doing to keep creatively inspired during the COVID-19 crisis.⁠

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The Santa Fe Opera issues Covid-19 faqs page

Writes Santa Fe Opera General Director Robert K. Meya, "Like all of you, I have been continuously monitoring the latest news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and paying close attention to instructions from our public officials. The health and safety of our staff, artists, patrons and community are at the forefront of my thoughts. At this time, while we know this crisis is far from over, we feel it is too soon to predict the future of our 2020 Season. It is my sincere hope that, over the course of the next month, we will have greater clarity about the pandemic’s impact on public gatherings and travel in July and August. As soon as we become better armed with information, you will be the first to know. In the meantime, I would like to share our COVID-19 FAQ page, where we strive to answer your questions. We remain committed to making the best decision for the entire Santa Fe Opera community. As we navigate these uncertain times, your patience, support and generosity mean more than ever before."



Santa Fe Opera General Director Robert K. Meya writes, "For the time being, we remain optimistic and focused on preparing for our 2020 Season which is due to open on July 3. When the coronavirus pandemic is behind us, we will have a greater need than ever for the experience of live opera in our open-air theatre overlooking a vast expanse of unparalleled natural beauty..."

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the Santa Fe Opera highlighted Among Top Opera Companies in American Airlines' Celebrated Living Magazine

The January/February issue of Celebrated Living Magazine highlights some of America's top opera companies, including the Santa Fe Opera. Written in honor of Opera America’s 50th anniversary, the three-page spread includes quotes from Santa Fe Opera General Director Robert K. Meya and examines Santa Fe's unique position in the landscape of American opera.  According to American Airlines’ media kit, Celebrated Living reaches 19.5 million premium class passengers with each issue.

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FEATURE: A swan song at the Santa Fe Opera  

Paul Horpedahl retired on December 31 after 31 seasons at the Santa Fe Opera, including 22 in his most recent job as production and facilities director, where he oversaw an annual production budget of $5 million for an eight-week festival of 38 performances, and a facilities budget of $1.3 million for maintenance, security and safety...

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THE SANTA FE OPERA presents the world premiere of
Sweet Potato kicks the sun  

On Saturday, October 26, the Santa Fe Opera will present the world premiere of Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun by Grammy-winning composer Augusta Read Thomas and Orpheus Prize-winning librettist Leslie Dunton-Downer. The piece is the first of four new commissioned works by the Opera for All Voices consortium and is described by the composer as “art without prototype that expands the definition of opera.”

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THE SANTA FE OPERA reports on the "State of the Opera" for 2019 Season  

Ticket sales and fundraising goals were exceeded during Robert K. Meya's first year as General Director. Additional topics include updates on artistic success, the Board of Directors, co-productions and rentals, the SFO brand fresh and more...

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THE SANTA FE OPERA Awards 27 Outstanding Apprentices for 2019 Season  

The Santa Fe Opera recently announced the recipients of its annual Outstanding Apprentice Awards. Each season, talented young singers and technicians take part in the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Programs, where they receive intensive training and play critical roles in the creation, both on stage and off, of the season’s five mainstage productions. Of this season's 78 apprentice technicians and 42 apprentice singers, 27 won cash rewards, honoring their exceptional talent and hard work.

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The Santa Fe Opera is delighted to announce the appointment of five musicians joining the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra in the 2020 Season. The appointments are the result of highly competitive auditions which occurred on-site in August 2019. 

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On Saturday, July 27, the Santa Fe Opera will add a new work to the operatic canon with its world premiere of The Thirteenth Child by Danish composer Poul Ruders and librettists Becky and David Starobin. The production is a co-commission and co-production with Odense Symphony Orchestra and marks the Santa Fe Opera’s sixteenth world premiere...

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The Santa Fe Opera is delighted to share news of the appointment of Artistic Director Alexander Neef as the next General Director of Paris National Opera commencing in late 2021. Neef has served as the Santa Fe Opera’s Artistic Director Designate since February 9, 2018 and as Artistic Director since October 1, 2018.

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David Alden's Award-winning production of JENŮFA RECEIVES ITS SANTA FE OPERA PREMIERE ON JULY 20  

On Saturday, July 20, the Santa Fe Opera will introduce Leoš Janáček’s Jenůfa to audiences for the first time in the company’s 63 year history. A co-production between Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera and the English National Opera, David Alden’s production of Jenůfa, now adapted to the Santa Fe Opera’s stage, updates the mis-en-scène from an isolated, tight-knit community in 19th-century Moravia to an impoverished industrial section of Soviet-era Czechoslovakia.

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Beginning July 13 The Santa Fe Opera Presents a new production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte  

On Saturday, July 13, the Santa Fe Opera will present Mozart’s Così fan tutte in a new production directed by R. B. Schlather (making his company debut) and conducted by Music Director Harry Bicket. “For years Così was dismissed as a minor Mozart work, but for me it is a masterpiece,” writes Bicket. For this new production, Director R. B. Schlather envisions a minimalist setting, stripping away artifice to lay bare the characters’ intentions. Schlather draws inspiration from contemporary art and explores the duality of our inner lives and public personas.

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FEATURE: Travel + Leisure Magazine releases 'world's best' awards, 
SANTA FE named no. 2 for best US cities 

Why you should visit: The nation's oldest capital city is home to many museums, historic sites and of course, Route 66. You can cross a national park off of your bucket list and visit the Pecos National Historical Park or enjoy the beauty of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. The city is also home to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, which houses over 3,000 pieces of the late artist's work — the largest collection in the world. Summer is the season of opera in Santa Fe, so you'll also want to check out the Santa Fe Opera House.

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THE SANTA FE OPERA commences 63rd Season on June 28 & 29 with Puccini's La BohÈme and Bizet's The Pearl Fishers

This year’s festival runs from June 28 to August 24 and will present five operas in 36 performances. Since 1957 the company has presented over 2,000 performances of 168 operas by 87 composers, including 15 world premieres and 45 American premieres.

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This season’s program is comprised of technicians, designers and craftspeople from across New Mexico, the wider United States, South America, England and China.

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Former Santa Fe Opera General Director Charles MacKay to receive Mayor's Arts Award

Former Santa Fe Opera General Director Charles MacKay will be honored at the Mayor's Arts Awards on June 13, 2019 at the New Mexico Museum of Art.  During MacKay's tenure, he brought numerous significant works to Santa Fe and worked in collaboration with opera companies across the United States on co-productions, US and world premieres.

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The Santa Fe Opera Announces 42 Apprentice Singers for 2019 Season

The Santa Fe Opera is delighted to announce the members of its 2019 Season Apprentice Program for Singers. This season’s program is comprised of singers from across the United States, Canada and South Korea.

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The Santa Fe Opera 2020
Announcing A Season of Firsts & Favorites

On May 8, 2019, General Director Robert K. Meya unveiled The Santa Fe Opera's 2020 Season repertory, casting, creative teams and much more...

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The Santa Fe Opera previews The Thirteenth Child
at Guggenheim works & Process event

Sunday's Works & Process event at the Guggenheim explored the creative process through a panel discussion with The Thirteenth Child's creative team and showcased performance highlights from all four sets. The world premiere opens July 27 and runs for five performances through August 21.

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former Santa Fe Opera Technical Apprentice RUTH E. CARTER Wins Oscar for Costume design, makes record books

Black Panther costume designer Ruth E. Carter made history on Sunday in Los Angeles as the first African American to win the costume design Oscar for her work on the Marvel blockbuster. The Santa Fe Opera congratulates Ruth, a former Santa Fe Opera Technical Apprentice, on her historic win.

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THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS wins best opera recording at THE 61ST GRAMMY® AWARDS

​The recording of Mason Bates and Mark Campbell's Opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs won best opera recording at the 61st GRAMMY® Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles. The Santa Fe Opera produced the world premiere in July 2017 and performances of the sold-out run were recorded live. The album was released on the PENTATONE label in 2018 and has been praised as "an impressive achievement" by Gramophone Magazine. 

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The santa Fe Opera appoints first dramaturg, names new Director of Development and Chief Financial Officer

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A Letter from Charles MacKay on Doctor Atomic and a new era in relations between the Santa Fe Opera and Pueblo communities   

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The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Recording (A world premiere recorded at Santa Fe Opera) released by Pentatone, available now!

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The santa fe opera announces 2019 season

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The Santa Fe Opera Names New General Director

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The santa fe opera's 2018 season revealed

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 updates to The santa fe opera's 2017 Season

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 "the Guggenheim Museum's latest Works and Process event on Sunday was packed for a sneak preview of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs"

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"(R)evolution tells the surprisingly raw tale of a genius who reinvented communication, but struggled to master human connection amid an illusory digital paradise." 


"No operatic premiere this summer is more highly anticipated than that of Mason Bates' The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs"

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