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Opera Virtually Unveiled
Presented by Desirée Mays
Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 PM
February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4
Zoom Format
Cost: Free for Guild Members, $10 per device for non-members

The Santa Fe Opera Guild is offering a series of introductory talks on Zoom on the 2021 season operas entitled Opera Virtually Unveiled. The presenter will be Desirée Mays, the preview speaker for The Santa Fe Opera for many years. She is the author of 18 books in the Opera Unveiled series, books that provided in-depth details on the season operas. Desirée speaks nationally and internationally to opera companies and Wagner societies.

Please register individually for each session and receive a Zoom link to join Desirée and the Guild on the following dates:

April 6
DionysusThe Lord of Cries: The Wolf-Prince, Ecstasy and Ruin

In a truly extraordinary merging of Dracula and The Bacchae, Mark Adamo writes the libretto of a new opera that contrasts the extremes of restraint and repression with unfettered freedom. “Justice is balance,” Euripides tells us, as the opera veers into frenzied fantasy and metaphysical searching. “Ask for what you want, ask it in,” is the troubling imperative that is as relevant today as it was in the time of the Greeks. John Corigliano sets this amazing tale to music.
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MozartMay 4
The Many Aspects of Love in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro

In the course of one opera Mozart explores societal love, predatory love, puppy love, love in the autumn years and love on an equal, shared basis. His own love for his young and playful wife Constanza influences his deep understanding of one of life’s biggest experiences. His musical interpretations of love continue centuries later to inspire audiences always with compassion and often with humor.
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Virtual Vivace Book Club: Dracula by Bram Stoker
Monday, May 10, 6:00–7:30 PM
Check-in 5:50 PM
Guest Facilitator: Bernadette Snider, PhD
Zoom Virtual Meeting Format
Registration link
Complimentary

DraculaDracula belongs to the epistolary genre of literature that is comprised of information conveyed through journals, personal diaries, newspapers, telegrams,and other forms of written data collection. The book discussion will focus not only on the central characters in the novel but the origins of vampire fiction, its role in the Romantic and Victorian eras and its continuing popularity in literature and films today. We will also explore the psychological components of a topic that elicits fascination, foreboding and fear of the ephemeral, exotic andtheunpredictable forces that inhabitourpsyches and ourworld.

The facilitator, Bernadette Snider, is a clinical psychologist who also has advanced degrees in English Literature. Herprimary focus is the history, culture, prose, and poetry of the Romantic and Victorian eras. Bernadette will provide a few thought-provoking discussionquestions in advance of the meeting to facilitate lively discussion. Directions for receiving the study questions will appear in the May Operagram. Just for fun, she recommends watching the 1992 Dracula movie directed by Frances Ford Coppola, starring Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, and Anthony Hopkins. The movie is available on Amazon Prime for $3.99,or click here to view online for free.

To register for the the Virtual Vivace Book Club meeting on Wednesday, March 10, click here to provide your name and email address. We will send a link the morning of March 10. If you have questions, please email educationvp@santafeoperaguild.org.

You are welcome to read any edition of the novel that you choose. The edition being used in the Opera’s Consider the Source Series is Dracula by Bram Stoker: Edited by Nina Auerbach and David J. Skal. 1st edition. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1996. Vivace has partnered with Collected Works, which will carry this edition. Collected Works, which will carry this edition. Books can be ordered by calling the store at (505)988-4226 on Monday through Friday 10:00AM – 4:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM – Noon, or by ordering online at Collected Works. Books can be picked up curbside during business hours or shipped anywhere in the USA.


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