News Release

7 April 2017

Santa Fe Opera Presents Annual Spring Tour

Santa Fe Opera artists perform Avastar in a series of free concerts throughout New Mexico 

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Public Concert Schedule
Friday, April 21, 7:00 pm, Shuler Theater, Raton
Sunday, April 23, 2:00 pm, Cleveland High School Concert Hall, Rio Rancho
Sunday, April 30, 6:00 pm, Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, Alamogordo
Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 pm, Town Hall, Clovis
Friday, May 5, 7:00 pm, Anderson Museum, Roswell
Tuesday, May 9, 7:00 pm, St. James Episcopal Church, Taos
Friday, May 12, 7:00 pm, Rio Grande Theatre, Las Cruces
Saturday, May 13, 4:00 pm, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso

Admission is free and all are welcome. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors open a half hour before each performance.

Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Opera’s 23rd annual Spring Tour heads to towns throughout the region this April and May in a series of free public concerts and school performances. Former apprentices Adelaide Boedecker (soprano) and Carlos Santelli (tenor) perform Avastar, a one act opera for all ages. Avastar tells the story of Sara and Josh, two singers who start to fall for each other’s voices as they compete in a virtual singing competition. This theatrical piece incorporates familiar musical works from opera, Broadway, and the world of popular music, most of which is sung in English.

Wojciech Milewski, the recently appointed music director of the Summerville Orchestra, is Music Director of Avastar from April 21– May 5, a role he splits with Christopher Turbessi, prolific freelance pianist, vocal coach, and conductor, who directs the final performances through May 13. Kathleen Clawson, Associate Director of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer Program and Director of The Young Voices of The Santa Fe Opera, is Stage Director and Dramaturg. Former technical apprentice Laurel Wiley returns as Tour and Stage Manager.

The original story of Avastar was created by Kathleen Clawson, Kirt Pavitt, and Andrea Fellows Walters. This year’s performances are reimagined by Kathleen Clawson and Andrea Fellows Walters, the Director of Education and Community Programs at Santa Fe Opera.

The mission of Santa Fe Opera is to advance the operatic art form by presenting ensemble performances of the highest quality in a unique setting with a varied repertory of new, rarely performed, and standard works; to ensure the excellence of opera’s future through apprentice programs for singers, technicians, and arts administrators; and to foster and enrich an understanding and appreciation of opera among a diverse public.