Summer of Opera
The Santa Fe Opera opens its 63rd season on June 28 with a new production of Puccini’s La bohème, directed by Mary Birnbaum. The 2019 season will continue with, among other productions, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers; ˇ ˚ a Czech masterpiece of the 20th Mozart’s Così fan tutte, reimagined by R.B. Schlather; and Leoš Janácek’s Jenufa, century. Renowned soprano Renée Fleming will perform Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) by Richard Strauss and a production of Letters from Georgia by Kevin Puts, a musical survey of letters from artist Georgia O’Keeffe. The high point of the season will be the world premiere of The Thirteenth Child, composed by Poul Ruders.
Community Highlights The Pueblo Opera Program Building connections with New Mexico’s 23 Indigenous Nations since 1973, SFO offers the Pueblo Opera Program, an exchange of culture between opera’s distinct cultural traditions and the deep tradition of music and storytelling among New Mexico’s Native peoples.
Summer Concerts Performed by the Opera’s Apprentice Singers, SFO offers a series of public concerts during the summer season for the people of New Mexico. The performances, mostly free of charge, will be held in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and neighboring communities.
Bel Canto: Contemporary Artists Explore Opera SFO, in conjunction with SITE Santa Fe, is presenting Bel Canto, whose works celebrate the beauty of opera while challenging the viewer to delve deeper into the history and narratives of opera that are often overlooked. Art installations that access deep conversations of race, politics, colonialism, gender, and class will be part of the event.
Passages: Opera Across Santa Fe The Lensic Performing Arts Center, SFO, and SITE Santa Fe have joined forces to present Passages: Opera Across Santa Fe. The collaboration promotes Santa Fe as “the premiere destination for an immersive opera experience” in 2018–2019, providing multiple access points to understanding and appreciating opera to make this iconic art form enticing and accessible to both new and established audiences.