Opera News 07-12-12

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Apprentices to present free concerts

Each summer audiences in Albuquerque and Santa Fe anticipate the free concerts presented by the young singers who are members of The Santa Fe Opera’s acclaimed Apprentice Program.  The daytime concerts feature arias, duets and ensembles from opera and classical works and afford audiences in both cities the opportunity to hear some of the country’s young artists.
The Albuquerque concert will be at 3 p.m. July 22 in a new venue, St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2626 Arizona NE (one block northeast of the intersection of San Pedro and Menaul).  In Santa Fe, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis will be the venue for the concert at 11:30 a.m. July 26.  Both are free and everyone is welcome.  Seating begins one-half hour before the performances and is on a first-come first-served basis.
The Apprentice Singer Program draws singers from all over the world.  The apprentices make up the chorus for each of the five operas, appear in supporting roles and serve as covers for principal roles. Forty singers, all from the United States, were selected for this year’s program.
The concerts are funded in part by First National Bank of Santa Fe, the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1 percent Lodgers’ Tax.

Opera offers discounted tickets to N.M. buyers

New Mexico seems to love The Santa Fe Opera.  For those who have not had the chance to attend a performance in its art theater, the company is offering a special opportunity to discover what opera lovers in New Mexico and all around the nation have been enjoying for the past 55 years.  A 40 percent discount is being offered to any performance during the forthcoming 2012 Festival Season.
The 2012 season has just opened, presenting two operas, Puccini’s drama, “Tosca,” and Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers.” During July, performances are given at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  Beginning July 30 and continuing through closing night, Aug. 25, performances can be heard at 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Some dates are nearly sold out, but there are a number of seats still available.  Tickets may be purchased in person or by calling The Santa Fe Opera Box Office at 986-5900 or toll-free at 800-280-4654. They are not available online.
The Crosby Theatre is located seven miles north of Santa Fe.  A different feature is the opera titles located on the back of every seat that provide instant translations in English or Spanish.
There are opportunities to bring suppers and tailgate in the opera parking lot and to attend other events that enrich the opera-going experience. Complete details including the schedule, synopses, cast listings can be found at santafeopera.org.
There are three operas in addition to “Tosca” and “The Pearl Fishers” on the schedule:  Rossini’s “Maometto II,” Szymanowski’s “King Roger” and Richard Strauss’s  “Arabella.”

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