SFO celebrates National Opera Week

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The Santa Fe Opera joins more than 100 opera companies across the country in recognizing National Opera Week.
Organized by opera’s national service organization, Opera America, community events have been planned to call attention to the role opera companies play in their communities. The week runs from
Oct. 29-Nov. 6.
The diversity and breadth of community activities offered by the nation’s opera companies, both large and small, is impressive. They range from training programs for young singers such as The Santa Fe Opera’s acclaimed Apprentice Program, opportunities for students to learn first-hand what it takes to produce an opera and programs in senior centers, hospitals, care centers and incarceration facilities, all places where opera companies can — and do — interact with their communities. Activities during National Opera Week are planned for the novice operagoer as well as seasoned aficionados.
Members of The Santa Fe Opera’s Young Voices, one of the Company’s newest education outreach programs, will entertain visitors at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 6.  ast year, dozens of shoppers stopped to hear arias and songs by high school students who participate in this rigorous training program. They are: Maya Rose Tweten, Zak Krasnow and Eric Illick.  Accordionist Ron “Dadou” Romanovsky will accompany them. The singers will then board Railrunner #505 at
11:20 a.m. and sing for riders on the trip to Albuquerque.
In Albuquerque the group will go to The University of New Mexico’s Keller Hall and perform at 1:30 p.m., accompanied by Kirt Pavitt, director of the Young Voices, for audiences attending the children’s opera, “Brundibar.”  Other Young Voices members will participate in that production.
For more information contact Kirt Pavitt,  kpavitt@