One of the first operas by a woman to be professionally produced, Louise Bertin's 1827 The Werewolf is receiving an open-air staging at the Albuquerque Museum's amphitheater, courtesy of the intrepid Opera Southwest.

The Santa Fe Opera's vocal and technical apprentices wrest the stage away from their currently more illustrious colleagues starring in the mainstage productions for an opera scenes program with excerpts by Strauss (Johann and Richard), Mozart, Verdi, Rossini, Wagner, and more.

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The butterfly effect

M. Butterfly, David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning play, is now an opera with a text by the playwright and music by Huang Ruo. Its world premiere is on Saturday, July 30 at the Santa Fe Opera.

This look at M. Butterfly begins with the surprising news report that led to David Henry Hwang's celebrated 1988 play, then segues to an overview of the opera version's characters and plot, and of the careers of its creators, Hwang and Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo.

The mezzo-soprano is covering two roles, Comrade Chin in M. Butterfly and Rosina in The Barber of Seville, as well as chorus duties in Carmen and Falstaff.

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The longest piece ever staged by the Santa Fe Opera and only the second Wagner opera in the company’s 65-year-history, Tristan und Isolde will make plentiful use of projections on a set designed by a pair of young architects.

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Need-to-know background and plot points for the upcoming Santa Fe Opera production of Wagner's influential composition.

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Jonah Hoskins, tenor, may be playing the part of Sailor in Tristan und Isolde, but he doesn’t consider himself a Wagnerian.

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The Santa Fe Opera's new Falstaff is a co-production with Scottish Opera. The increasing popularity of co-productions has as much to do with artistic issues as it does with saving on expenses, and they can bring unusual challenges as well as satisfactions.

Key things to know — including the people, plot, and playwright — to prep for the SFO production.

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The Wagner Society of Santa Fe hosts a tailgate event at the Santa Fe Opera, followed by attendance at the final dress rehearsal for Tristan und Isolde, which is only the second Wagner opera ever to be staged here and the first since The Flying Dutchman in 1988.

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When the audience is laughing uproariously and applauding before the overture ends — especially when there's steady rain falling beyond on the open hall — you know you’ve got a hit on your hands.

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Santa Fe Opera's 2022 season is back to its pre-Covid scope, with five mainstage productions and a full complement of associated activities, including pre-performance talks, dining options, and facility tours.

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Perspective shift

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There’s no opera more freighted with audience expectations, performance stereotypes, and 19th-century cultural encrustations than Carmen. With its female director/designer team and the singers portraying Carmen and Micaëla, the viewpoint for SFO's production is very much a story of today.

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Read them and weep

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Gioachino Rossini and Cesare Sterbini made audiences laugh when their Barber of Seville premiered in Rome in 1816. In Santa Fe in 2022, Italian speakers are few and far between, so the composer and librettist get help from the five-person team that creates the English and Spanish titles for all Santa Fe Opera productions.

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Impress your friends, neighbors, and even complete strangers with your opera knowledge by learning just 15 German words relating to Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. It opens at the Santa Fe Opera in a month, so that's just one word every two days.

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Two of the pieces — Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka and Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo — are new to the company, and two — Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and Claude Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande — return to the repertory after long absences.

Joe Illick is the featured presenter in "Opera — Telling Stories through Music," an online event hosted by the Santa Fe Opera Guild previewing the Santa Fe Opera’s 2022 season

The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcast season closes on Saturday, June 4, with Australian composer Brett Dean’s 2017 take on Hamlet

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If you’d like to know more about opera but are intimidated by its jargon and complexity, the Santa Fe Opera Guild’s Discover Opera is just for you.

The Metropolitan Opera production of Fire Shut Up In My Bones is now being made available for free viewing, courtesy of PBS’ Great Performances series

When visitors to the Santa Fe Opera hear there are more than 700 employees working during the season, they’re impressed. When they hear that 70 are full-time, year-round employees, they’re surprised.

There may never be a more potent opera subject than Frida Kahlo and her volcanic relationship with Diego Rivera. Frida, Robert Xavier Rodriguez’ 1991 opera about the iconic Mexican visual artists is making an overdue New Mexico premiere, thanks to Albuqerque’s Opera Southwest.

In this New Year’s Day performance, Laurent Pelly’s storybook staging of Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon is presented by the Met with an all-new family-focused, 95-minute version that’s sung in English.

Virtual Vivace, the Santa Fe Opera Guild’s online book club, explores The Merry Wives of Windsor, the Shakespeare comedy at the center of Falstaff

The familiar strains of music by Puccini, Bizet, Donizetti, and Mozart will return to Santa Fe on Friday, Dec. 24, at A Night at the Opera, a new collaboration between the Santa Fe Symphony and the Santa Fe Opera.

Hometown to the World, the second installment in the Santa Fe Opera’s Opera for All Voices initiative, had its local premiere at the Lensic Performing Arts Center with performances on Dec. 17 and 19. 

In 2008, an ICE raid at a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, devastated the town’s population and economy. The raid’s impact on the small, ethnically diverse community is the subject of a new one-act opera, Hometown to the World, which will be staged by the Santa Fe Opera.

The Metropolitan Opera production of Eurydice stars soprano Erin Morley and is the latest entry in the company’s Live in HD broadcast series.

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A first-rate cast performs in Lyric Opera of Chicago's adaptation of Pagliacci, which is set in the current day, outside and inside the opera house. But there's a twist.

The Los Angeles Opera's upcoming production of Gioachino Rossini’s Cinderella gives Santa Feans a chance to see a wonderful and warmhearted comedy that hasn’t been produced locally in 55 years.

After decades of companies paying lip-service to the ideals of diversity and inclusivity without much genuine progress, the overwhelming success of Fire Shut Up in My Bones at the Metropolitan Opera may be the spark that fuels some real change in the world of American opera.

Adapted from the best-selling memoir of New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, Fire Shut Up in My Bones is the first Met production by a Black composer in the company’s 138 years.

Opera Southwest is giving New Mexicans a chance to see and hear Gioachino Rossini’s early comedy The Silken Ladder (La Scala di Seta) with an open-air staging at the Albuquerque Museum amphitheater.

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To most of us, the stark, arid landscape of northern New Mexico doesn’t look remotely like a perfect setting for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But then, most of us aren’t Netia Jones, the British polymath serving as stage director and designer of the scenery, costumes, and projections for Benjamin Britten’s masterful version of the Shakespeare work at the Santa Fe Opera.

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Free screenings of three productions in the Santa Fe Opera’s current season will be shown at Villa Linda Park in August. Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro launches the s…

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‘Eugene Onegin’ is one of the company’s most successful productions of a mainstream piece in several seasons.