Songs From The Santa Fe Opera

The Santa Fe Opera presents Songs from the Santa Fe Opera, a digital performance series celebrating the opening nights of the five originally-scheduled operas that were to comprise the 2020 Summer Festival Season. Enjoy well-known arias by artists who were scheduled to grace the Santa Fe Opera stage, along with insights from conductors, directors and more. Pre-recorded from the Santa Fe Opera stage and in artist’s homes around the world, Songs from the Santa Fe Opera offers fresh content and never-before-seen archival footage. Free to watch, each video premiered during the summer of 2020 on the Santa Fe Opera’s Facebook pageYouTube channel and website, and will remain available to enjoy thereafter. All activities were completed in accordance with current health and safety guidelines


Songs from the Santa Fe Opera Episode 1: The Barber of Seville

Join host Susan Graham from the Santa Fe Opera stage for an opening night celebration of Rossini's The Barber of Seville featuring stories, poetry and a special performance by the Barber himself, baritone Joshua Hopkins.

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Songs from the Santa Fe Opera Episode 2: The Magic Flute

Join host Anthony Michaels-Moore from the Crosby Theatre at the Santa Fe Opera for an opening night celebration of Mozart's The Magic Flute with performances by Papageno Benjamin Taylor, Pamina Joélle Harvey, plus never-before-seen archival footage and other cinematic surprises.

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Songs from the Santa Fe Opera Episode 3: Tristan und Isolde

Join host Ryan McKinny from his home in Asheville, North Carolina for an opening night tribute to Wagner's epic masterwork, Tristan und Isolde. Santa Fe Opera Head of Music Staff Robert Tweten takes center stage as a soloist in Liszt's famous piano transcription of Isolde's "Liebestod" and soprano Tamara Wilson brings us dream-like songs from her home in Houston. 

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Songs from the Santa Fe Opera Episode 4: Rusalka

Join host Amanda Echalaz from the Opera Club Turner Family Lounge overlooking the Crosby Theatre for an enchanting evening celebrating what would have been opening night and the company premiere of Dvořák's Rusalka. Dramaturg provides background information on this turn-of-the-century masterpiece, Ailyn Pérez and Robert Tweten offer a shimmering rendition of "Song to the Moon" from Chicago and James Creswell and David Cowan present Vodnik's aria from Northern England. Plus, Santa Fe Opera Music Harry Bicket moderated a conversation with stage director Sir David Pountney and Rusalka herself, Ailyn Pérez.  

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Songs from the Santa Fe Opera Episode 5: M. Butterfly

Join host Joshua Dennis for this world premiere tribute with performances of "The Humming Chorus" at the Asia Society, the new aria “Awoke as a Butterfly” performed from Paris by Kangmin Justin Kim and Robert Tweten, and the aria “The Perfect Woman” performed by Michael J. Hawk and John Arida and conducted by Susanne Sheston at the Asia Society. Artistic Director Alexander Neef also engages composer Huang Ruo and librettist David Henry Hwang in conversation. 

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The Santa Fe Opera wishes to thank Thornburg Investment Management for its generous sponsorship of Songs from the Santa Fe Opera. Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Thornburg is a privately-owned global investment firm and a recognized leader in fixed income, equity, and alternative solutions for financial advisors and institutions. For more information, please visit