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Joe Illick: 2020 Santa Fe Opera Season Preview
Operas and How They Tell Stories through Music
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 5:00–6:30 PM, followed by reception
Cava Lounge, Eldorado Hotel
300 West San Francisco Street
Guild members $20, non-members $25
Register by September 14
Joe Illick
Maestro Joe Illick is back by popular demand. His special preview of The Santa Fe Opera’s 2020 season will highlight the musical themes that we will hear in 2020 with a presentation titled Operas and How They Tell Stories through Music. Maestro Illick will play the piano as he captivates Santa Fe Opera Guild members. This festive evening will begin at 5:00PM in the Eldorado Hotel’s elegant Cava Lounge with Maestro Illick’s presentation and will be followed by a reception. Admission includes the post-performance reception with a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage and hors d’oeuvres. The Santa Fe Opera’s 2020 season includes The Barber of Seville, The Magic Flute, Rusalka, Tristan und Isolde, and the world premiere of M. Butterfly. Don’t miss this chance to hear Maestro Illick’s introduction to this wonderful music.

Anthony Barrese: The Rebirth of an Opera
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:00–7:30 PM
Santa Fe Woman’s Club
1616 Old Pecos Trail
Free for Guild members, non-members $10
Guild members at the $60+ level may bring one guest (or co-member) for free.
Anthony Barrese
Don't miss Maestro Anthony Barrese’s talk about how he has restored Ali Baba, the opera that will make its modern American premiere at Opera Southwest beginning on October 20. This work by Giovanni Bottesini, a Verdi protege who conducted the world premiere of Aida, is based on One Thousand and One Nights. It made a splash in London in 1871 but disappeared into obscurity shortly thereafter. Like Amleto (aka Hamlet, composed by Franco Faccio), Maestro Barrese has brought this important music back to life.

The ABCs of Opera: Aida, Barber of Seville, Carmen
Fridays, November 1, 8, 15, beginning at 1:00 PM
Teatro Paraguas
300 Calle Marie, Santa Fe
$45 Enrollment Fee
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The Santa Fe Opera Guild has teamed up with RENESAN to present three of the most beloved operas of all time in a course titled The ABCs of Opera: Aida, The Barber of Seville, and Carmen. Each session will screen one full-length opera, preceded by a brief lecture about the piece from Guild-favorite Tom Franks, and followed by an opportunity for discussion. The selection of high-definition (Blu-ray) DVDs has been curated by the Santa Fe Opera Guild to insure excellent production values and outstanding vocal performances. There will be an intermission approximately midway through each screening. Class participants will be sent a synopsis of the plot of each opera prior to the screenings.

Aida: Recorded at La Scala in Milan in 2015, starring Kristin Lewis, Fabio Sartori, Anita Rachvelishvili, and George Gagnidze, conducted by Zubin Mehta. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

The Barber of Seville: Recorded at Teatro Real in Madrid in 2005, starring Juan Diego Florez, Maria Bayo, Pietro Spagnoli, and Bruno Pratico, conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Carmen: A BBC production filmed at Royal Opera Covent Garden in 2008, starring Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Caterina Antonacci, and Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. Sung in French with English subtitles.

ABCs of Opera

Vivace Book Group
Mozart's WomenMonday, November 11, 2019, 6:15–7:30 PM, pre-discussion social 5:45 PM
Collected Works, 202 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe
Complimentary for Guild members, non-members $5

Mozart’s Women by Jane Glover

Throughout his life, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was enchanted, amused, aroused, and betrayed by women — his mother, sister, wife, sisters-in-law, female patrons, friends, lovers, and fellow artists — and he was equally complex to them. But ultimately the great composer loved and respected the women he knew intimately and those whom he admired from afar. In this fascinating, evocative, and compellingly readable biography, Jane Glover, acclaimed conductor and acknowledged expert on Mozart's life and work, brings these remarkable ladies vividly to life — the real women who shared the composer’s tumultuous world and inspired some of his greatest musical achievements, as well as those he dramatized in his magnificent operas.

Annual Opera Salon
Sunday, November 17, 2019, 2:00–4:00 PM
Agave Lounge, Eldorado Hotel
300 West San Francisco Street
Complimentary for Guild members

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