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Vivace Book Club
The Santa Fe Opera Guild and Collected Works present Vivace, a book group devoted to readings about the world of opera. It may be some months before our book group, Vivace, are able to meet in person. For this reason, we’ll be using Zoom to have a virtual book discussion for our next meeting.

We will meet at 6:00 PM on the second Monday of the month, which would be May 11 — but we will meet via Zoom. For those of you who haven’t yet used Zoom, it is teleconferencing software which will allow us to meet remotely. You can use it on a computer, a phone, or a tablet. If you missed the earlier meetings, please register for May 18. If you have questions please email vivacebookgroup@santafeoperaguild.org.

Julian BarnesWe will be discussing The Noise of Time, by Julian Barnes, a fictionalized biography of Dmitri Shostakovich. It is 1936 and Dmitri Shostakovich, just thirty years old, reckons with the first of three conversations with power that will irrevocably shape his life. Stalin, hitherto a distant figure, has suddenly denounced the young composer’s latest opera. Certain he will be exiled to Siberia (or, more likely, shot dead on the spot), Shostakovich reflects on his predicament, his personal history, his parents, his daughter—all of those hanging in the balance of his fate. And though a stroke of luck prevents him from becoming yet another casualty of the Great Terror, he will twice more be swept up by the forces of despotism: coerced into praising the Soviet state at a cultural conference in New York in 1948, and finally bullied into joining the Party in 1960. All the while, he is compelled to constantly weigh the specter of power against the integrity of his music. An extraordinary portrait of a relentlessly fascinating man, The Noise of Time is a stunning meditation on the meaning of art and its place in society.

We suggest that you purchase the Penguin Edition, which can be ordered from Collected Works (in partnership with bookshop.org and libro.fm).


Introduction to Tristan und Isolde, Part 1
RESCHEDULED FOR Thursday, June 18, 2020, 5:30 PM
Santa Fe Woman's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe
Complimentary for Guild members, $10 for non-members

In the words of a medieval troubadour: "If you would hear a tale of love and death, here is that of Tristan and Queen Iseult, how to their full joy, but to their sorrow also, they loved each other, and how at last they died of that love together upon one day."

The back story to this tale, how Tristan and Isolde met in Ireland and how he came to bring her by sea to Cornwall, not for himself, but for his uncle King Marke, will be discussed as the introduction to Richard Wagner's great tribute to Love - and Death.

Wagner wrote in 1854: "As I have never in my life tasted the true joy of love, I will raise a monument to this loveliest of all dreams." This statement from the heart of Wagner and Romanticism itself informs the soul of the work in music that is unsurpassed in terms of love and longing.

Desirée will discuss the story, in her own inimitable style, and play music excerpts. “What is the phenomenon of Wagner and his transformative music?" Desirée’s lecture will provide some thought-provoking answers to this very complex question.

Please register for Tristan und Isolde, Part I by clicking here or call 888-666-3430x503.


Backstage Preview
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Live-streaming may be possible
Stieren Hall, The Santa Fe Opera
Members of the Santa Fe Chapter of the Opera Guild Only

The Santa Fe Opera Guild presents its annual Backstage Preview on Saturday, April 18, featuring stage, costume, and prop designs for The Santa Fe Opera Festival season. This much anticipated, engaging and entertaining event takes place at Stieren Hall from 11:00AM to 1:00PM. Check-in begins at 10:30AM. Light refreshments will be served.

The talented Santa Fe Opera production team department heads take center stage; Scott Schreck, Scenery, Missy West, Costumes and Randy Lutz, Props provide an exclusive first-look at the artistic elements that will make The Santa Opera Festival 2020 season magical. Discussions about the techniques of stagecraft, colorful costumes and innovative props, are interspersed with anecdotes about what can occur in the production of an opera before it reaches the stage. A must see event!


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