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2022 Annual Meeting
2022 Annual Meeting
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
5:30 Pm-7:00 PM MDT
Mccune Terrace
The Santa Fe Opera
SANTA FE OPERA GUILD MEMBERS ONLY
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The Santa Fe Opera Guild is excited to announce our Annual Meeting, which will be held in-person for the first time since 2019. We will gather on beautiful McCune Terrace at the Santa Fe Opera on Tuesday, August 30 beginning at 5:30 PM for libations and hors d’oeuvres. We hope you will join us as we review the Guild’s financial statement, introduce new members and officers of the Board of Directors, and reminisce about the recently-concluded 2022 Festival Season.

Steven Kerchoff, incoming Board President, observed, “The Santa Fe Opera has bounced back from COVID-19 with a full complement of five new productions in 2022. We look forward to celebrating the completion of this amazing season and also look forward to introducing our plans for the Guild’s upcoming year.”

This event is only for Santa Fe Opera Guild members and is limited to 100 attendees as per McCune Terrace capacity codes. You must register in advance, and the last day to do so is Friday, August 26. Click here to register.


Virtual Vivace: The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera
Monday, September 12, 2022: 6:00 PM MDT
Virtual Check-In: 5:50 PM MDT
Zoom Virtual Meeting Format
Complimentary
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The Impossible ArtA user’s guide to opera—Matthew Aucoin, “the most promising operatic talent in a generation” (The New York Times Magazine), describes the creation of his groundbreaking new work, Eurydice, and shares his reflections on the past, present, and future of opera.

From its beginning, opera has been an impossible art. Its first practitioners, in seventeenth-century Florence, set themselves the unreachable goal of reproducing the wonders of ancient Greek drama, which no one can be sure was sung in the first place. Opera’s greatest artists have striven to fuse multiple art forms—music, drama, poetry, dance—into a unified synesthetic experience. The composer Matthew Aucoin, a rising star of the opera world, posits that it is this impossibility that gives opera its exceptional power and serves as its lifeblood. The virtuosity required of its performers, the bizarre and often spectacular nature of its stage productions, the creation of a whole world whose basic fabric is music—opera assumes its true form when it pursues impossible goals.

The Impossible Art is a passionate defense of what is best about opera, a love letter to the form, written in the midst of a global pandemic during which operatic performance was (literally) impossible. Aucoin writes of the rare works—ranging from classics by Mozart and Verdi to contemporary offerings of Thomas Adès and Chaya Czernowin—that capture something essential about human experience. He illuminates the symbiotic relationship between composers and librettists, between opera’s greatest figures and those of literature. Aucoin also tells the story of his new opera, Eurydice, from its inception to its production on the Metropolitan Opera’s iconic stage. The Impossible Art opens the theater door and invites the reader into this extraordinary world.

Copies of The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera are available at Collected Works Bookstore, or online at collectedworksbookstore.com. Collected Works is located at the corner of Galisteo and Water Streets.
We hope you will join the Santa Fe Opera Guild on Monday, September 12 at 6:00 PM MDT for Virtual Vivace. To register for this event, click here. We will email a link for the Zoom discussion the morning of September 12. If you have questions, please email vivacebookgroup@santafeoperaguild.org.


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