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Virtual Vivace Book Club: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Monday, January 10, 6:00–7:30 PM
Check-in 5:50 PM
Guest Facilitator: Robin Williams, PhD
Moderator: Bernadette Snider
Zoom Virtual Meeting Format
Registration link

The Merry Wives of WinsorWhy has Sir John Falstaff, a character in three of Shakespeare's plays, so captured the imagination for four centuries? Some love him, some hate him, but few disregard him. We'll talk about the plot and Falstaff's role in Verdi’s opera Falstaff based on The Merry Wives of Windsor, as well as his major roles in two of Shakespeare's history plays, from which Verdi and Boito borrowed text. How did this boastful, lying, thieving, fat coward come to embody the robustness of life itself and point us toward life’s honesty?

Dr. Robin Williams is the facilitator for the session. Robin is an internationally recognized Shakespeare scholar who earned an MA in Shakespeare Authorship Studies and a PhD in the history and future of reading Shakespeare out loud in community from Brunel University London, UK. She is director of and the ISC Press, which publishes Readers' Editions of Shakespeare's plays specifically designed and edited for reading groups. She is co-founder and former board member of the International Shakespeare Center in Santa Fe. Robin teaches Shakespeare and leads the Shakespeare Close Readers reading and discussion groups about individual plays.

Dr. Williams believes any edition of the play will suffice for the meeting. Copies of The Merry Wives of
edited by Giorgio Melchiori may be purchased from Collected Works Bookstore, or online from Collected Works. Other resources for additional information about the play are and the site.

The moderator for the evening is Bernadette Snider, a member of the Santa Fe Opera Guild’s Board of Directors, Editor of the Operagram, and Coordinator of Vivace. She has advanced degrees in.Psychology and English Literature and a diverse career in academia, mental health, and corporate consulting.

To register for the the Virtual Vivace Book Club meeting, click here to provide your name and email address. We will send a link the morning of the event. If you have questions, please email

Virtual Annual Luncheon
Wednesday, February 22, 1:00–2:30 PM
Virtual Check-in 12:50 PM
Guest Speaker: Kyle Grey
Zoom Webinar Format
Complimentary for Santa Fe Opera Guild Members
$10 per device for non-members
Registration link

KYle GrayThe Santa Fe Opera Guild is pleased to announce that the annual luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, February 2 at 1:00 PM. The luncheon will again be held virtually over Zoom. Even though we will miss greeting one another in person, our guest speaker, Kyle Gray, is sure to put a smile on your face.

Yes, Kyle has returned to the Santa Fe Opera to assume the role of Manager of Community Relations & Government Affairs and has graciously agreed to be our guest speaker despite his busy work schedule. Kyle’s talk will focus on “the intersection of community engagement and arts advocacy, and to that end, will invite the Guilds to develop ideas within their own communities as a rallying point in response to the difficult world circumstances over the past almost two years.” His topic is both timely and thought provoking.

About Kyle Gray…
Kyle is a non-profit leader with 20 years of experience in arts, culture, and education spaces specializing in community engagement strategies, volunteer management, government advocacy, and project management. Kyle is currently the Manager of Community Relations & Government Affairs for the Santa Fe Opera, working to broaden awareness, understanding, and appreciation, to a diverse public locally, regionally, and nationally, of the Santa Fe Opera, promoting objectives and goals of the Opera while seeking opportunities for alignment with arts advocates, community partners, and other constituencies. Kyle was most recently the West Coast Regional Director for the Heart of America Foundation, working to bring educational resources into underserved communities. Kyle has participated as a grant panelist with the New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism, Santa Fe Arts Commission, and New Mexico Arts, and is a recent graduate of the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy from National Arts Strategies and the University of Pennsylvania. 

To register for the Virtual Annual Luncheon, please click here. The event is free for Santa Fe Opera Guild members and $10 per device (computer, laptop, smart phone, tablet, etc.) for non-members. If you have questions, email We will email a link for the Zoom webinar the morning of February 2. Please Note: This event will be recorded, but to receive a secured link for future viewing, you must be registered.

Looking Ahead

We look forward to resuming in-person events as soon as it is safe to do so. The Santa Fe Opera Guild will continue to offer our members educational and social programs that appeal to newcomers and long-time opera fans alike, deepening our relationship with the ultimate performing art and supporting the Community Engagement programs of the Santa Fe Opera.

We hope that the coming season will make it possible to enjoy popular programs such as:
  Meet the Apprentices Party—an annual party in beautiful Dapples Pavilion that enables Opera Guild members to mingle with the stars of tomorrow, the Santa Fe Opera’s Singing Apprentices.
  Meet the Artist—a yearly event on the Santa Fe Opera campus that, in the past, has featured Patricia Racette, Susan Graham, Kevin Burdette, and Laura Wilde.
  The Annual Meeting in early September on the opera’s beautiful McCune Terrace, featuring a presentation about production challenges from the recently concluded festival season.
  The Salon—a casual Sunday afternoon in November when members gather to discuss a variety of opera-related topics.

Meet the Apprentices

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