Mozart Returns to Bandelier

Opera on the Rocks 2013, ‘Amahl And The Night Visitors.’ Courtesy/NPS

BNM News:

Be part of an unforgettable experience. This year’s installment of Opera on the Rocks presents Don Giovanni, one of the most popular operas of all time, framed by the beauty of Bandelier National Monument. Join music lovers of all ages on Saturday, Sept. 20 in Bandelier’s Juniper Campground outdoor amphitheater.

Opera Alta will present at 5:30 p.m., an abridged performance of this classic Mozart production. The event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as opera enthusiasts, to enjoy listening in a special venue.

Hosts include the Los Alamos Opera Guild of the Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc., Opera Alta; Bandelier National Monument and the Los Alamos Commerce Development Corporation.

Los Alamos Atomic City Transit will provide transportation to and from the venue. Don Quixote Distillery & Winery and Black Mesa Winery will feature local wines prior to the performance, the Bandelier Trading Company will sell food and Rotary STARS will provide cheese and fruit trays.

“This presentation is a combined effort of local talent, local sponsors and your local National Park Service site,” Superintendent Jason Lott said. “Music has been present in the Frijoles Canyon area for millennia. This musical program continues what the Ancestral Pueblo started long ago.” 

Beginning at 4 p.m., participants may pick up the Los Alamos Atomic City Transit from either the White Rock Visitor Center on N.M. 4 or Sullivan Field in Los Alamos. Parking will not be provided for the event at Bandelier. Once guests arrive at Bandelier and again during intermission, they will have the opportunity to participate in a complimentary wine tasting hosted by Don Quixote Distillery & Winery and Black Mesa Winery. Glasses and bottles will be available for purchase to enjoy while soaking up the atmosphere. 

The event will begin with a duet from Mozart’s Magic Flute by two young local singers, Nathan and Bethany Flier, followed by the two act performance of Don Giovanni, coordinated by Opera Alta and directed by Alicia Solomon. An activity for children, and the young at heart, makes this an event for the whole family. Following the performance until 8 p.m., shuttles will transport guests back to their vehicles. 

For this special event, all monument entrance fees will be waived. Tickets for the opera may be purchased online at Prices for guild members are individual $10, family (4) $20 and non-guild members are individual $15, family (4) $35. Admission to the opera is free for those camping at the Juniper Campground.   

Come enjoy the music, the sunset and the park all together on this special evening.