SANTA FE ― Santa Fe Opera presents UnShakeable, a new opera composed by Performance Santa Fe’s general director Joe Illick with a libretto by Andrea Fellows Walters, the Opera’s Director of Education and Community Engagment.
Set in an abandoned theater in New Mexico 25 years in the future, UnShakeable tells the story of Wyatt and Meridian, Shakespearean actors and former lovers who have fallen victim to Erasure, a viral pandemic resulting in memory loss.
Separated from Meridian at the start of the pandemic, Wyatt has been searching for his love ever since. Exploring themes of memory, connection, and the power of song, UnShakeable incorporates language from some of Shakespeare’s iconic works to create a modern romantic comedy. Perfectly suited for
audiences of all ages, UnShakeable premieres at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe with a full chamber orchestra before hitting the road for the 22nd annual Spring Tour, presenting ten free performances throughout the region.
Soprano Jacquelyn Stucker, returning to Santa Fe Opera as a second year apprentice this summer, sings the role of Meridian, and is joined by baritone Samuel Schultz as Wyatt. Kathleen Clawson, Assistant Director of the Apprentice Program for Singers at Santa Fe Opera, stage directs, and Kristin Ditlow, member of the music faculty at University of New Mexico, is music director for the tour performances. Wojciech Milewski, guest conductor at Albuquerque
Philharmonic Orchestra, leads the premiere weekend at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center. Original costume and set designs are by former Santa Fe Opera technical apprentice Wilberth Gonzalez.
Saturday, April 9, 6:00 pm, Scottish Rite Masonic Center
Sunday, April 10, 2:00 pm, Scottish Rite Masonic Center
Spring Tour Performances:
Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 pm, The Peñasco Theater, Peñasco, NM
Thursday, April 14, 6:30 pm, The Mezzanine at Colorado Springs Conservatory, Colorado Springs, CO
Friday, April 15, 7:00 pm, Hamilton Recital Hall, Denver University Newman Center, Denver, CO
Thursday, April 21, 7:00 pm, The Experimental Theatre, College of Fine Arts at UNM, Albuquerque, NM
Monday, April 25, 7:00 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church, Carrizozo, NM
Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 pm, Macey Center at New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM
Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 pm, Ralph Edwards Civic Center, Truth or Consequences, NM
Thursday, April 28, 7:30 pm, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
Saturday, April 30, 10:00 am, Rio Grande Theatre, Las Cruces, NM