Preview Dinner Speakers

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. 


Kathleen Clawson’s multi-faceted career includes education, directing, and performing. She has worked for The Santa Fe Opera for over eighteen seasons, currently as the Associate Director of their Apprentice Singer Program and Director of Young Voices. She has been a presenter for Utah Opera, Dayton Opera, and Opera Birmingham.

This season she will present on Lucia di Lammermoor, an opera she has twice directed, and Die Fledermaus-- her operatic debut, as an 18-year-old chorister--and in which she later performed the role of Prince Orlofsky. 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 since 1997, where she teaches courses in musical theatre and directs musical theatre productions.


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, 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 Girl of the Golden 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, talks, 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.


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.


After attending Carleton College, Mark studied theater and opera in London as a Thomas J. Watson Foundation fellow. Subsequently he worked as a free-lance stage director and stage manager with the Minnesota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Santa Fe Opera. He served as the producing director of Chicago’s Court Theatre for five years and as the general manager and general director of Chicago Opera Theater for eight.

Mark joined The Santa Fe Opera in 1999 serving as Director of Planning and Marketing for 11 seasons. He also gave pre-performance lectures, inaugurated the company’s season preview radio broadcasts, and served as editor and lead writer of the opera’s program book and Crescendo magazines.