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Introduction to Trustan 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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