Preview Dinners

Please note that all 2020 Season Preview Dinners have been canceled due to the pandemic.

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!



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.

Dramaturg Cori Ellison

Dramaturg Cori Ellison has served in that role at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where she oversaw the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet, and at New York City Opera, where she co-curated the VOX American Opera Showcase. She was recently dramaturg for Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian at Canadian Opera Company. She teaches opera dramaturgy for American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program, was the first dramaturg invited to participate in the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, and currently serves as dramaturg for new opera initiatives at Canadian Opera Company, Opera Philadelphia, Arizona Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Pittsburgh Opera, Beth Morrison Projects, Indiana University, the Miller Theater, On-Site Opera, and Crane School of Music. She is a Vocal Arts faculty member at The Juilliard School and Ravinia's Steans Music Institute, and teaches, lectures, and writes for schools, performance venues, and media outlets worldwide.


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.


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.