Santa Fe Opera Announces Annual Spring Tour

UnShakeable. Photo by Kate Russell

 

OPERA News:

 

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Opera’s 25th Annual Spring Tour kicks off this month in a series of free public concerts and school performances across the region.

 

The locations of the performances include Los Alamos, Albuquerque, El Paso, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Socorro, Raton and Taos.

 

Former Santa Fe Opera Apprentices Adelaide Boedecker (soprano) and Calvin Griffin (baritone) perform UnShakeable, a one-act opera composed by conductor Joseph Illick with a libretto by Andrea Fellows Walters, the Opera’s director of community engagement.

Set in an abandoned theater in New Mexico 25 years in the future, UnShakeable is the story of Wyatt and Meridian, Shakespearean actors and former lovers who have varying degrees of memory loss due to Erasure, a viral pandemic. Separated from Meridian at the beginning of the outbreak, Wyatt has been searching for his love ever since. Exploring themes of memory, connection, and the power of story, UnShakeable incorporates language from some of Shakespeare’s iconic works to create a modern romance.

 

Kathleen Clawson, associate director of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer Program and director of The Young Voices of The Santa Fe Opera, is the stage director and dramaturg. Conductor Clinton Smith serves as music director.

 

UnShakeable premiered in April 2016 with sold-out performances. The commission and production of UnShakeable was made possible by a deeply appreciated grant from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation.

 

Admission is free and all are welcome. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors open a half hour before each performance. UnShakeable is sung in English and will run in one act, 45 minutes in length.

Free Public Concerts Schedule:

Albuquerque
Friday, April 26, 7:00 PM
Las Puertas Event Center
1512 1st Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Santa Fe
Saturday, April 27, 3:00 PM
SITE Santa Fe
1606 Paseo De Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Taos
Monday, April 29, 7:00 PM
St. James Episcopal Church
208 Camino de Santiago
Taos, NM 87571

Raton
Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 PM
Shuler Theater
131 N 2nd Street
Raton, NM 87740

Los Alamos
Sunday, May 5, 7:30 PM
Fuller Lodge Art Center
2132 Central Avenue
Los Alamos, NM 87544

Socorro
Thursday, May 9, 7:30 PM
Macey Center
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801

Las Cruces
Friday, May 10, 7:00 PM
Doña Ana Arts and Cultural Center
1740 Calle de Mercado, Suites B & D 
Las Cruces, NM 88005

El Paso
Saturday, May 11, 2:30 PM
Woman’s Club of El Paso
1400 N. Mesa Street
El Paso,  TX 79902

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