The Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour, Trinity is 6 p.m. Sunday at Duane Smith. Courtesy/SFO
The Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour, Trinity is 6 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Trinity Dr.
This is a free community concert.
Trinity … ‘Commissioned for The Santa Fe Opera’s 50th Anniversary’
Music: John Kennedy
Libretto: Andrea Fellows Walters
Stage Director: Kathleen Clawson
This one-act opera is presented on the 75th Commemoration of the development of the atomic bomb. Trinity takes place in southern New Mexico in the present day and during World War II.
The story begins at Trinity Test Site, New Mexico, present day. A teenage boy, Atom, is pushed into a room where an older woman already sits. He was caught trying to take a piece of Trinitite from the Trinity test site. He does not see the older woman, at first, and is muttering to himself. Unable to avoid listening to him the older woman interrupts his mutterings after hearing him mention the Trinitite. She pulls from her vast bag, her own rock, a geode.
We are then transported to the past when the older woman, whose name we learn is Tessa, was also a teenager. It is during WWII and Prisoners of War (POWs) have been transferred to New Mexico. Young Tessa meets Carlo, an Italian POW, and over time, they develop a friendship, as he introduces her to opera and his love of music. Together they discover that music provides solace when all hope appears gone. Returning to the present, the older Tessa now passes this message on to Atom.