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, Opera and Psychology, 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. Last summer for the Santa Fe Opera his Opera InSight seminar compared the gender-based characters of Don Giovanni and Minnie, the “Golden Girl of the West.” This year Don joins the team of Preview Dinner presenters, contributes to the Santa Fe Opera’s blog, and co-leads two of the Opera Seminars.
Fred Kronacher is a concert pianist, teacher, lecturer, and author. He has been the artistic director of Musical Experiences, based in Seattle for more than 25 years. Through this organization he has given regular concerts, talk and play musical presentations, and classes. Among these classes are series' dedicated to the operas of Mozart, Verdi and Puccini. Fred has served on the piano faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and is currently a member of the faculty at the New Mexico School of Music in Albuquerque. His book "Piano Variations" is available at Amazon.
Elinor Olin holds the Ph.D. and M.M. in Music History from Northwestern University and the 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 is currently completing a PhD in Italian and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where her dissertation explores 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.