Preview Dinners

Enjoy an opera themed dinner, including wine, at our open-air cantina on the beautifully landscaped rehearsal grounds. A speaker will offer a brief introduction to the evening's opera during dessert. At just $70 a person, a Preview Dinner is a great way to kick off your night at the opera!

2019 Speaker Schedule TBA
2019 Dinner Menus TBA



Kathleen Clawson’s multi-faceted career includes education, directing, and performing. She has worked for the Santa Fe Opera for over eighteen seasons, and is the Associate Director of their Apprentice Singer Program and Director of the Young Voices of The Santa Fe Opera. She has been a guest lecturer for Utah Opera, Dayton Opera, and Opera Birmingham. Ms. Clawson has performed nationally as a classical singer including productions with The Santa Fe Opera and the Dallas Opera. She has served on the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico since 1997, where she teaches courses in musical theatre and directs musical theatre productions.


Dr. 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 the last 20 years he has developed a following for his seminars inspired by one of the operas from The Santa Fe Opera’s festival season.  Topics have 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. This summer in addition to joining the team of Preview Dinner presenters, Don will again co-lead one of the Opera Seminars and has expanded Opera InSight into a full seminar.

Elinor Olin

Elinor Olin holds a Ph.D. and M.M. in Music History from Northwestern University and a B.M. in Flute Performance from the University of the Pacific. Dr. Olin’s research has focused on melodrama, 19th-century opera, concert life and cultural nationalism in France.  Dr. Olin has been co-leader of the Santa Fe Opera Seminars since 2014. She has published articles in leading musicological journals and has been an invited speaker to conferences at Oxford University, Harvard University and Northwestern University. She has presented workshops and lectures for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony and Grant Park Music Festival and has written program notes for Cedille Records, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Avalon String Quartet and Music in the Loft. Dr. Olin is currently a member of the music history faculty at Northern Illinois University. 


Jennifer Rhodes specializes in the relationship between text, music, and the visual and performing arts. She has recently completed a Ph.D. in Italian and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where her dissertation explored Richard Wagner's influence on the novels of Gabriele d'Annunzio, Marcel Proust, and Thomas Mann. She teaches Masterpieces of Western Literature for Columbia's Core Curriculum, drawing heavily upon multimedia sources as she guides students through the literary lineage from Homer to Toni Morrison. However, her fondest area of interest is in operatic adaptation and translation. She has been a member of The Santa Fe Opera Titles Department since 2000.