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Samuel Ramey Interview with Cori Ellison
Sam I Am: A Virtual Visit with Samuel Ramey

Friday, August 14, 5:00–6:00 PM
Check-in 4:45 PM
Zoom Webinar
Cost: Free for Guild Members, $10/device for non-members
Registration link
Registration Closes August 14

Sam Ramey InterviewSAM I AM: A Visit with Opera Bass Samuel Ramey. The legendary Samuel
Ramey will headline the Opera Guild’s annual Meet the Artist event on Friday, August 14, beginning at 5:00PM MDT. Sam will be featured in conversation with Cori Ellison, who has served as staff dramaturg at the Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, and the Glyndebourne Festival, and is a Vocal Arts faculty member at The Juilliard School. The event will be streamed live, and will include photos, video clips, and recorded excerpts of some of Sam Ramey’s most famous roles.

Reviewers have heaped praise on bass Samuel Ramey for decades. Writing about a performance at the Metropolitan Opera one reviewer described his voice as “the darkest, rarest, and most caloric of rich chocolates.” The Sunday Times of London praised him as “the splendor of the cast” following his portrayal of Zaccaria in Nabucco at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Corriere della Sera said simply, “The perfect bel canto singer.”

“Mr. Ramey’s connection to Santa Fe goes way back,” commented Shelly Brock, the Opera Guild’s Vice President of Education. “He was an Apprentice Singer in 1966 and remains one of the most famous of that program’s illustrious alumni. He sang the role of the toreador Escamillo in Carmen at the Santa Fe Opera in 1974.”

Samuel Ramey’s resume reads like the Who’s Who of opera. He has sung leading roles in all the major houses of Europe and North America, working under the batons of the most famous conductors. He holds the record for the greatest number of recordings by an operatic bass. His amazing voice, combined with outstanding stage presence and exceptional athleticism, made him the leading interpreter of the devil’s role in Faust by Gounod and Boito’s Mefistofele.

Cori Ellison, a leading creative figure in the opera world, is a member of the Vocal Arts Faculty at The Juilliard School and Ravinia Steans Music Institute and has taught and lectured for schools, performance organizations, and media outlets worldwide. In addition to her role of staff dramaturg at the Santa Fe Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, and New York City Opera, Cori is active in developing contemporary opera. She currently leads The Juilliard School's new Opera Lab, teaches dramaturgy for American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program, and has worked as dramaturg with numerous composers, librettists, and commissioners including Canadian Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and Arizona Opera.

SAM I AM: A Visit with Samuel Ramey will be livestreamed on Friday, August 14, beginning at 5:00 PM MDT. It is free for Opera Guild members and $10 per device (computer, laptop, smart phone, tablet, etc.) for non-members. Click here to register.

The 2020 Meet the Artist will include an opportunity to donate to the Santa Fe Opera’s $3 million matching grant. A portion of that donation will be used for a compensation fund for singers, instrumentalists, and technicians who had been scheduled to work at the Santa Fe Opera this summer. “This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart,” said Martha Baker, President of the Santa Fe Opera Guild. “Cancellation of the 2020 season hasn’t just deprived the community of one of our greatest cultural treasures. It has also caused significant hardship for our talented performers and behind-the-scenes crew. Unlike many other opera companies, the Santa Fe Opera has pledged to provide a level of compensation to the performers and artisans. We are excited to participate in this undertaking.” Qualifying gifts can be made to the Santa Fe Opera by clicking here.

Virtual Vivace Book Club
Monday, September 14, 6:00–7:30 PM
Check-in 5:50 PM
Zoom Virtual Meeting Format

Death at La FeniceMystery novels thoroughly engage the intellect of those who read them, making them a great genre to readin quarantine during these uncertain times. Combine mystery with opera and we have Death at La Fenice, by Donna Leon, the selection for the September 14 Virtual Vivace Book Club meeting.The novel is the first book in her award-winning Commissario Brunetti series.

Synopsis: During intermission at the famed La Fenice opera house in Venice, Italy, a notoriously difficult and widely disliked German conductor is poisonedand suspects abound. Guido Brunetti, a native Venetian, sets out to unravel the mystery behind the high-profile murder. To do so, he calls on his knowledge of Venice, its culture, and its dirty politics. Along the way, he finds the crime may have roots going back decades — and that revenge, corruption, and even Italian cuisine may play a role.

To join us for the Monday, September 14 Virtual Vivace Book Group via Zoom, click here to provide your name and email address. We will send you a link in plenty of time for the virtual session on September 14. If you have questions, please email We look forward to having you join us at Virtual Vivace!

Copies of Death at La Fenice, both new and used, may be purchased from multiple mass market book sellers.

The Red Violin to Lord of Cries: John Corigliano’s Music
Presentation by Evan Fein, Phd
Tuesday, September 29, 2:00–3:00 PM
Check-in 1:45 PM
Zoom Webinar Format
Registration link
Cost: Free for Guild Members, $10/device for non-members

The Santa Fe Opera Guild is pleased to host a webinar presented by Dr. Evan Fein who will explore the music and career of one of America’s living treasures, composer John Corigliano. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, five Grammy Awards, and an Oscar for his score to The Red Violin, Corigliano’s music has fascinated and delighted audiences and critics for six decades.John Corigliano As the Santa Fe Opera prepares for the 2021 premier of his second opera, The Lord of Cries, this discussion will reflect on some of Corigliano’s most celebrated works and his unconventional compositional process.

About John Corigliano, Composer
In an Artist Biography, author Michael Rodman wrote that American composer John Corigliano has summed up his artistic aims thus: "It has been fashionable of late for the artist to be misunderstood. I think it is the job of the composer to reach out to his audience with every means at his disposal.... Communication of his most important ideas should be the primary goal.”

John Corigliano has lived in New York City all his life. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music. He is the son of the legendary New York Philharmonic concertmaster, John Corigliano Sr. and Rose Buzen, an accomplished pianist and educator. Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at The Julliard School of Music and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York, where a scholarship has been established in his name. (excerpted from bio at his website.)

Evan FeinAbout Evan Fein, PhD
American composer Evan Fein was born in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in New York City, where he serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School Pre-College and Evening Divisions. His music has been commissioned by organizations including Musica Sacra, Opéra de Poche, The Albany Symphony, The Juilliard School, and The New York Choreographic Institute. Fein was awarded the 2014 Palmer Dixon Prize for Outstanding Composition and is the recipient of honors from the ASCAP Foundation, Boston Metro Opera, and the American Scandinavian Society. His dissertation "The Ghosts of Versailles” by John Corigliano: An Evolutionary Study, is the first comprehensive study of this seminal work in the 20th-century American operatic repertoire. Fein holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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