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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.

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.

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.

Tri-M Productions and a 22-member cast stage Spring Awakening, a rock musical based on a 19th-century German play that explored teenage sexuality with fearless and sometimes heart-breaking honesty.

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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.

Up next at the Santa Fe Playhouse is Everybody, a wildly contemporary updating of Everyman, the medieval play in which an ordinary chap faces an accounting of his life after he dies to see whether he's heaven worthy.

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

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