Spring Opera Tour begins April 12

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Once again, the individuals that make up The Santa Fe Opera Spring Opera Tour are getting ready to take to the highways and byways of New Mexico and Texas.
The group consisting of Music Director Kirt Pavitt, Soprano Julia Ebner, Tenor Joshua Guerrero and Stage Manager Joel Atella, will load the Santa Fe Opera van with sets and costumes and take off for their month-long adventure and a brand new opera to share.
Ebner was an apprentice singer in the 2011 season and Guerrero will be a first year apprentice this summer.
 “Avastar,” is an original work written by Pavitt and Stage Director Kathleen Clawson especially for the tour to engage students in the world of opera using contemporary themes.
The 35-minute piece is about a virtual music competition, which the two young singers have entered. “Avastar” uses music from opera, Broadway and the present-day musical scene. School concerts are scheduled in Taos, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Portales, Lubbock and El Paso, Texas.
In addition, a special concert has been planned and families are encouraged to attend together. Selections include songs from opera, Broadway and popular culture.
Three early evening events will be given in Albuquerque, Socorro, Rio Rancho, Española, Portales, Lubbock and Alamogordo. The concerts are free.
The Spring Tour, now in its 20th year, is the Opera’s gift to those who may not have an opportunity to attend programs in Santa Fe. The school visits are the highlight of the year in many places, with students preparing in advance.
The complete tour schedule can be found on the Opera’s website, santafeopera.org.

April 12    
Taos, school concert, Harwood Museum

April 13        
Socorro, public concert, 7:30 p.m.
Macey Center

April 14        
Rio Rancho, public concert, 7 p.m.
Sue Cleveland High School Recital Hall

April 16 -20    
Albuquerque, school concerts, Journal
Center, National Hispanic Cultural Center

April 20        
Albuquerque, public concert, 6 p.m.
Journal Center, National Hispanic Cultural

April 21        
Española, public concert, 4 p.m.
Mision Museum y Convento

April 23        
Santa Fe, school concerts, Lensic
Performing Arts Center

April 25        
Portales, school concerts, Portales High
School; public concert, 7 p.m. Buchannan
Hall, Eastern New Mexico University

April 26        
Clovis, public concert, 7 p.m. Town Hall,
Clovis Community College

April 29        
Lubbock, Texas,    public concert, 7 p.m.
Hemmie Recital Hall, Texas Tech University

April 30        
Lubbock, school concerts, Lubbock-
Cooper High School

May 2-4    
El Paso, school concerts, Chamizal Theater

May 4        
Alamogordo, public concert, 7 p.m.
Flickinger Center