Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott introduces the 2014 ‘Opera On The Rocks’. Courtesy/NPS Photo
Opera on the Rocks, at Bandelier National Monument’s Juniper Campground outdoor amphitheater, is an annual event now in its fourth year.
This year the performance will take place 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Opera Alta will present Bastien and Bastienne and selections from Mozart’s Magic Flute. “Bastien and Bastienne” was composed by Amadeus Mozart when he was 12. It is the story of the travails of a shepherdess and her sweetheart, helped along by a would-be magician.
The selections from Mozart’s famous “Magic Flute” will include “The 3 Spirits and Papageno” and arias from Tamino and Pamina. All will be sung in English. The event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as opera enthusiasts, to enjoy listening in a special venue.
A. Mozart with Bandelier cliffs. Courtesy/NPS
Beginning at 4 p.m. participants can pick up the Atomic City Transit shuttles from either Sullivan Field in Los Alamos or the White Rock Visitor Center. Parking will not be available at Bandelier for the event.
Respected drummer Arnold Herrera from Cochiti Pueblo will be the first performer of the evening, starting around 4 p.m. A sing along prior to the main event and the two main performances will be coordinated by local opera singer Alicia Solomon.
There also will be an activity for children and the young at heart, making this an event for the whole family. From the end of the performance until 7:30, the shuttles will transport guests back to their vehicles .
Hosts of the event include the Los Alamos Opera Guild, Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Alta, and Bandelier National Monument.
Transportation to and from the venue is provided by Los Alamos Atomic City Transit.
Local wineries and breweries will feature local wines and beer prior to the performance. The Bandelier Trading Company will sell food and the Rotary Stars will provide cheese and fruit trays for a donation.
“We are very proud and honored to sponsor this event. It brings music back to this area where Ancestral Pueblo people played their own music for millennia,” Superintendent Jason Lott said.
Monument entrance fees are waived for this special event. Tickets for the opera can be purchased online at: www.guildsofsfo.org/la. Prices are: guild member $10 or $20 for a family up to 4 people; non-guild member $15 or $35 for a family up to 4 people. Admission to the opera is free for those camping at Juniper Campground.
For further information on the opera, contact Jorge Baldonado at Bandelier at 505.672.3861 x 713. For information on Bandelier National Monument, contact the park Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517 or check the website at www.nps.gov/band.