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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


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


Vivace Book Group
Beaumarchais Monday, January 13, 2020, 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

The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais

A highly engaging comedy of intrigue, The Barber of Seville portrays the resourceful Figaro foiling a jealous old man's attempts to keep his beautiful ward from her lover. And The Marriage of Figaro, condemned by Louis XVI for its daring satire of nobility and privilege, depicts a master and servant set in opposition by their desire for the same woman. With characteristic lightness of touch, Beaumarchais, a French courtier, secret agent, libertine, and adventurer, created an audacious farce of disguise and mistaken identity that balances wit, frivolity, and seriousness in equal measure. Beaumarchais’ plays serve as the basis for the beloved operas by Rossini (being performed next summer at The Santa Fe Opera) and Mozart. We suggest that you read the Penguin edition available at Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse.


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