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Virtual Vivace Book Club: The Metropolis Case by Matthew Gallaway
Monday, September 13, 6:00–7:30 PM
Check-in 5:50 PM
Zoom Virtual Meeting Format
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The Metropolis CaseVirtual Vivace’s next book is an opera-oriented novel, The Metropolis Case, written by Matthew Gallaway. We are fortunate to have Mr. Gallaway join us for the book club meeting to provide insight into his novel and answer questions from participants. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, he earned a law degree at NYU and currently lives in New York City.

Steven Kerchoff, a veteran Vivace facilitator, will be the moderator for the session. He is a member of the Santa Fe Opera Guild Board of Directors and Chair of the Technology Committee. Steve earned advanced degrees in Library Science and the Humanities and had an impressive career in technology at the Library of Congress and in the Foreign Service. He is also an accomplished bass-baritone.

The title of the novel references Leoš Janáček’s opera, The Makropoulos Case, while the themes channel Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, which is scheduled for the Santa Fe Opera stage in 2022. The drama of opera’s themes of love, sacrifice, and regret provide the inspiration for a riveting tale that spans centuries and continents. The book had rave reviews upon publication in 2011:

“It’s to the credit of Matthew Gallaway’s enchanting, often funny first novel that it doesn’t require a corresponding degree of obsession from readers, but may leave them similarly transported: the book is so well written — there’s hardly a lazy sentence here — and filled with such memorable lead and supporting players that it quickly absorbs you into its worlds.” — The New York Times

“Author Matthew Gallaway has taken a great risk with his first novel by creating an intricate, multilayered tale that slides from past to present, from Europe to New York, from opera to pop. But despite the complexity, The Metropolis Case engages the reader emotionally on every page.” — The Washington Post

To register for the the Virtual Vivace Book Club meeting on Monday, September 13, click here to provide your name and email address. We will send a link the morning of September 13. If you have questions, please email

Copies of The Metropolis Case are available at Collected Works Bookstore at the corner of Galisteo and Water Streets or online from Collected Works.

Annual Meeting
Friday, September 24: 12:30-2:00 PM
Zoom Virtual Meeting Format
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Santa Fe Opera Guild Members Only

The Santa Fe Opera Guild’s annual meeting will be held via Zoom this year. President Shelly Brock will host the meeting and introduce the officers and board members for fiscal year 2021-2022. Treasurer David Harrington, will present a report on the finances of the guild and there will be a discussion about plans for future programming.

Our guest speaker is Tracy Armagost, Production & Recruiting Coordinator for the Santa Fe Opera. Tracy will provide a lively retrospective of the amazing 2021 Opera Festival Season. Tracy’s participation in last year’s Salon was a huge hit and we are looking forward to hearing her share details about the monumental team effort that was required to bring opera to the Santa Fe Opera stage after an almost two-year hiatus. To register for the Annual Meeting, please click here. Please note: this event is solely for Santa Fe Opera Guild Members.

The Silver Scream: Portrayals of Opera in Cinema
Thursday, October 14, 6:00–7:30 PM
Zoom Virtual Meeting Format
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Complmentary for Guild Members, $10 for Non-Members

A Night at the OperaThe Silver Scream: Portrayals of Opera in Cinema, is an entertaining discussion of opera favorites that became part of mainstream movies. We know from past presentations, that Mark will deliver an informative and humorous talk in his engaging style.

Hear Frank Sinatra sing the “Seduction Duet” from Don Giovanni! See Beverly Sills’ only cinema appearance! Watch Judy Garland and Betty Jaynes warble toe-to-toe in “Opera versus Swing” from Babes in Arms!

This talk explores the creative ways that filmmakers have used opera to advance a story, create a unique atmosphere, or comment on the action, from “The Ride of the Valkyries” in Apocalypse Now to Madame Butterfly’s “Un bel dì” in Fatal Attraction, to a Marriage of Figaro duet in The Shawshank Redemption. The grand finale is “Everybody Wants to Be Figaro,” in which performers ranging from Robin Williams to a singing whale have a crack at the famous aria “Largo al factotum” from The Barber of Seville.

Mark Tiarks served as the Director of Planning and Marketing of the Santa Fe Opera for 11 years. His earlier professional positions include General Director of Chicago Opera Theater, Producing Director of Court Theatre, and Artistic Administrator of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He is on the board of directors of RENESAN where he is also a lecturer and member of the Curriculum committee. His lectures for the Fall 2021 semester are entitled Mikado Madness and Sondheim’s First Ten Musicals. Mark is currently the Santa Fe New Mexican’s classical music critic.

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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