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You Be the Judge
Wednesday, October 21, 1:00–2:15 PM
Check-in 12:45 PM
Zoom Webinar Format
Registration link
Cost: Free for Guild Members, $10/device for non-members

You Be the JudgeOperatic greats such as Joyce DiDonato and Placido Domingo are featured in the premier of the Santa Fe Opera Guild’s virtual event, You Be The Judge, on Wednesday October 21 at 1:00 PM MDT. Zoom will provide the stage for this fun concept, where we choose three or four outstanding renditions of a popular aria by some of the world’s leading singers, play the YouTube clips back-to-back, and give the audience a chance to vote fortheirpersonal favorites. David Holloway, Director Emeritus of the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Singer program, will provide expert commentary after participants have voted. Martha Baker, the new Vice President of Education commented, “We think this will be fun and educational. It is always entertaining to hear great singing. This event will have the added advantage of expert commentary from David Holloway. As a singer himself and someone who ran one of the most prestigious young artist programs in the country, David can articulate which elements contribute to an outstanding performance. His knowledge and teaching skills facilitate a better understanding of the music, even for a novice listener.”

If you have questions, please email

Virtual Vivace Book Club: City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
Monday, November 9, 6:00–7:30 PM
Check-in 5:50 PM
Zoom Virtual Meeting Format
Registration link

City of Fallen AngelsThe novel opens with the fire at the venerable La Fenice opera house on January 29, 1996 that destroyed the historic building. The loss is an incalculable catastrophe not only to the denizens of Venice, but to opera lovers and historians around the world. The author arrived in Venice 3 days after the fire and stayed 5 years.

The characters are pure Berendt: outsized, outrageous, and outlandish! The diversity of colorful people from landed gentry to Venetian artisans to American notables will keep you entertained as you play sleuth with the author. The story is compelling in its rich atmosphere, complex characters, and infusion of political intrigue that unfolds in one of the world’s most treasured cities.

The author is best known for his novel that became a blockbuster movie: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

To join us for the November 9th Virtual Vivace Book Group via Zoom, click here to provide your name and email address. You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting the day of the event. The discussion will begin promptly at 6:00 PM. If you have questions, please email We look forward to having you join us at Virtual Vivace!

City of Falling Angels can be purchased from from Collected Works, in partnership with and

The Salon
Two Sundays, November 15 & 22, Noon–1:15 PM
Check-in 11:45 AM
Zoom Format
Cost: Free for Guild Members, $10/device for non-members

The Santa Fe Opera Guild’s annual Salon will be back in 2020, but with a COVID-19 twist. Instead of one, two-hour session on a Sunday afternoon in November, we will have two, one-hour sessions on consecutive Sundays: November 15 and November 22. Both will begin at 12:00 Noon MST via Zoom. Shelly Brock, Guild President and resident Zoom guru said, “We will use the breakout feature on Zoom to divide people into three groups. Every 20 minutes, they will change discussion topic and moderator. We will have a total of six themes, three per week, that Salon attendees will explore.” The moderators for the individual topics will be listed in the November Operagram.

November 15 discussion topics: (November 15 Registration link)
 1. Folk Tales and Fairy Tales in Slavic opera
 2. The Power of Sets and Props: how great set and prop designs contribute to an opera production
 3. Black Lives Matter: a celebration of great African-American opera singers

November 22 discussion topics: (November 22 Registration link)
 1. My Favorite Contemporary Composer.
 2. Discussion of an Opera from the 2021 Santa Fe Opera Season
 3. The Challenges of Choosing Streamed Content

Salon capacity is limited, so sign up now.

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Our Operagram page has links to the Operagram for the current month as well as the previous year. Upcoming events are also listed on our Facebook page.

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