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Your destination for exclusive conversations with the people behind the stories, music, and splendor onstage at the Santa Fe Opera.

    A Fresh Take on The Barber of Seville with Apprentice Alumni Emily Fons and Jack Swanson

    A Fresh Take on The Barber of Seville with Apprentice Alumni Emily Fons and Jack Swanson

    There’s a reason why The Barber of Seville remains one of the most popular operas in the world. Gioachino Rossini’s comedic masterpiece never fails to delight audiences with its lively music, whirlwind romance, and inevitable happy ending. 
    Host Jane Trembley speaks with mezzo-soprano Emily Fons and tenor Jack Swanson about their approach to providing a fresh take on one of opera’s most familiar tales. The pair also give advice to anyone encountering The Barber of Seville for the first time and share wisdom from their time in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Singers. Plus, Jane learns all about playing Cards Against Humanity with like-minded company, traveling opera pets, and helping Kelsey Grammar out of a jam.
    “The one thing I like to say about The Barber of Seville is that it's one of those operas where they really got the story right,” Jack says. “It's so easy to follow no matter what time period, no matter what costumes they're wearing, no matter what props they're using.” Who better to evaluate Rossini’s genius than a performer who’s played Count Almaviva in guises ranging from a 19th-century nobleman to a modern-day rockstar? 
    Emily, too, has appeared in multiple productions of this classic comedy. Her understanding of Rosina, the sparkling, rebellious recipient of Almaviva’s affections, and the opera’s themes have evolved along the way. “That's been my journey over time,” she explains, “from being bogged down in what I thought people's expectations were to finding how I wanted to tell this story.”
    As for returning to SFO, both Emily and Jack agree that no other organization is as supportive of apprentices and pros alike. “Thank you,” Emily says, “to the Santa Fe Opera and all those really special people.” 
    CREDITS Hosted by Jane Trembley
    Featuring:
    Emily Fons - Mezzo-Soprano
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    Jack Swanson - Tenor
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    CREDITS Destination Santa Fe Opera is a Santa Fe Opera podcast, produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios.
    Post-Production Audio: Edwin R. Ruiz
    Hosted by: Jane Trembley
    Show Notes by: Lisa Widder
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    • 43 min
    Isabel Leonard on Interpreting the Iconic Role of Carmen

    Isabel Leonard on Interpreting the Iconic Role of Carmen

    Is there a more provocative or iconic character in all of opera than Carmen? This free-spirited, defiant factory worker reigns supreme as the original difficult woman––in the best possible way.
    Host Jane Trembley chats with Isabel Leonard as she gets set to play the titular diva in Bizet’s Carmen to open Santa Fe Opera’s 2022 season. The mezzo-soprano discusses her physical and emotional preparations for the role, how her Argentine-American heritage has informed her musical intuition, and her love for challenging the misconceptions that surround this charismatic, complicated heroine. 
    Isabel is no stranger to Carmen’s illustrious (or is it infamous?) appeal nor the long line of talents that have taken on this unjustly-labeled femme fatale. “Even if the concept is a good one, it can be a challenge to break out of it simply because humans are adverse to change in some ways,” says the three-time Grammy Award-winning performer.
    Concepts don’t come any better than Carmen. When viewed through our modern lens, this character created in the 19th century is afforded more empathy for having to endure the limitations imposed on her.
    “The psychology behind her and what fascinates me in her character has everything to do with not only who she is in her time period, as a woman, but who everybody seems to think she is and how that affects their perception of the piece when they watch it, regardless of how you play it.”
    For her interpretation of Carmen, Isabel has reacquainted herself with the castanets, literally tapping into her Argentinian heritage and, even further back, to southern Spain. “I can only imagine the ghosts of Isabels past,” she laughs. “If I were not to fully embrace the character of Carmen, it would be somewhat sacrilegious.”
    FEATURING Isabel Leonard - Mezzo-Soprano
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    CREDITS Destination Santa Fe Opera is a Santa Fe Opera podcast, produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios.
    Post-Production Audio: Edwin R. Ruiz
    Hosted by: Jane Trembley
    Show Notes by: Lisa Widder
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    Learn more about the Santa Fe Opera and plan your visit at http://www.santafeopera.org.
    We'd love for you to join us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok @santafeopera.

    • 33 min
    Creating New Worlds with Costume Director Blair Gulledge and Properties Director Eileen Garcia

    Creating New Worlds with Costume Director Blair Gulledge and Properties Director Eileen Garcia

    Bringing fantastical worlds to the Santa Fe Opera stage requires creativity, communication, and compassion. Host Jane Trembley chats with Costume Director Blair Gulledge and Properties Director Eileen Garcia about the intense year-round effort that goes into planning and implementing the designs for each season. She also learns how these two department heads collaborate with one another and their commitment to providing a kinder, more supportive working environment for their teams, colleagues, and the Opera’s guest performers.
    Scenery may set the stage, but costumes and props establish character, telegraph motivation, and advance the action. “What I love about this discipline is just that level of collaboration. You're not doing art in a vacuum,” says Blair, who will oversee the completion of 500+ costumes for this season alone. 
    Sure, creating alongside performing artists and backstage artisans at such a high level is available through other theatrical genres. But none deliver the visceral or emotional impact of opera––and few do so in a setting as celebrated as SFO. 
    Maintaining creative excellence involves meeting the needs of singers, designers, and support staff equally, even when not convenient. Both Blair and Eileen know they’ve realized that objective when the magic onstage looks effortless without testing the safety or sanity of those backstage. 
    “My goal is just to help tell that story, but it does require a balance and a delicacy,” Blair admits. That’s where having a holistic approach to expectations and artistry works in everyone’s favor, including the audience. 
    Eileen agrees. “You really can see that designer’s original vision come to life,” she says, adding that the creative teams couldn’t accomplish such astounding theatrical feats without having first “built that relationship based in trust and understanding of what our capabilities are here at the Opera.”
    FEATURING Blair Gulledge
    Costume Director, Santa Fe Opera
    Eileen Garcia
    Properties Director, Santa Fe Opera
    CREDITS Destination Santa Fe Opera is a Santa Fe Opera podcast, produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios.
    Post-Production Audio: Edwin R. Ruiz
    Hosted by: Jane Trembley
    Show Notes by: Lisa Widder
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    Learn more about the Santa Fe Opera and plan your visit at http://www.santafeopera.org.
    We'd love for you to join us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok @santafeopera.

    • 52 min
    Making Magic and Managing Mayhem Backstage with Mike Ortiz, Technical Director and Tracy Armagost, Production & Recruiting Coordinator

    Making Magic and Managing Mayhem Backstage with Mike Ortiz, Technical Director and Tracy Armagost, Production & Recruiting Coordinator

    Flash floods. Supply chain issues. Safety briefings. Would you believe this is opera? 
    Host Jane Trembley discovers that only at Santa Fe Opera does behind-the-scenes excitement rival onstage drama. She chats with Production & Recruiting Coordinator Tracy Armagost and Technical Director Mike Ortiz, the supportive, creative pair behind SFO backstage team. Tracy and Mike share their long histories with the opera, some of the magical (and nerve wracking!) moments they’ve helped bring to the stage, and exciting maneuvers to pay attention to in the upcoming season.
    “Our jobs mingle quite a bit, especially with the scheduling personnel management, on-stage rehearsals,” says Tracy of the day-to-day interaction she and Mike share. While that interaction peaks during the summer months, year-round communication between their departments is vital to maintaining SFO’s reputation as a world-class arts organization. 
    Consider the weather-related variables of staging massive productions in an open-air theatre sat in the middle of a desert. Throw in the watchful eyes of audience members who prefer to observe change-overs at intermission rather than grab a refreshment in the lobby. Mike and Tracy fit these puzzle pieces (and many more) together on a per-show basis––often years before a production even lands on the stage.
    Safety is an additional concern for this duo. The onstage choreography between people and sets requires repeated practice to execute without endangering anyone. “There are sometimes multiple thousand-pound pieces of scenery moving really fast to get from point A to point B,” says Mike. “You could very easily get run over.”
    Both Tracy and Mike agree that as demanding as SFO productions are, there’s no place like it in all of opera. “It’s a unique place,” says Mike. “I'm very fortunate to have been able to climb the ladder here, to have a successful career, and be home in Santa Fe.” 
    CREDITS Hosted by Jane Trembley
    Featuring:
    Mike Ortiz
    Technical Director, Santa Fe Opera
    Tracy Armagost
     Production & Recruiting Coordinator, Santa Fe Opera
    Destination Santa Fe Opera is a Santa Fe Opera podcast, produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios.
    Post-Production Audio: Edwin R. Ruiz
    Hosted by: Jane Trembley
    Show Notes by: Lisa Widder
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    Learn more about the Santa Fe Opera and plan your visit at http://www.santafeopera.org.
    We'd love for you to join us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok @santafeopera.

    • 46 min
    More Voices at the Table: Community Engagement and Opera with Kyle Gray

    More Voices at the Table: Community Engagement and Opera with Kyle Gray

    Look up the definition for community engagement, and you'll find lots of fantastic terms––Strategic! Interaction! Ally! But the word that tops them all is "relationship." 
    Host Jane Trembley chats with Kyle Gray, Santa Fe Opera's Manager of Community Relations and Government Affairs, about how he helps foster meaningful connections between SFO and government agencies, fellow arts organizations, volunteers, and Indigenous communities. The pair also explore SFO's comprehensive DEIA initiatives and why diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility are critical elements of the organization’s continued vitality.
    "These days, it's all about partnerships," says Kyle, offering a shorthand explanation for the long list of engagement activities his office is involved in, supporting the creation of impactful artistic work. High-level meetings with municipal and federal legislative representatives are an exciting aspect of Kyle's day-to-day, but he finds the grassroots collaborations most rewarding.
    "There's the Pueblo Opera Program (POP); there's music educators; there's fine arts coordinators; there's arts commissioners. It doesn't stop with Santa Fe Opera volunteers. I think everyone is an advocate for the Santa Fe Opera."
    Weaving on stage artistry with off-stage engagement requires a continuous exchange of ideas and invites feedback. Kyle admits that although critiques aren't always easy to hear, they're necessary for relationship-building. He points to Opera For All Voices (OFAV) as an example of how SFO explores these issues, holds space for multiple viewpoints, and processes the impact of such world premiere productions as Hometown To The World alongside the entire SFO community. 
    SFO's strategic commitment to community ensures folks see their stories on stage and representation among the audiences, artisans, and administrators. "Opera can get you thinking," Kyle says, while engagement invites communities to shape the future of the world's most compelling art form.
    FEATURED GUEST Kyle Gray
    Manager of Community Relations and Government Affairs
    Santa Fe Opera
    CREDITS Destination Santa Fe Opera is a Santa Fe Opera podcast, produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios.
    Post-Production Audio: Edwin R. Ruiz
    Hosted by: Jane Trembley
    Show Notes by: Lisa Widder
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    Learn more about the Santa Fe Opera and plan your visit at http://www.santafeopera.org.
    We'd love for you to join us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok @santafeopera.

    • 39 min
    Our opera oasis under the stars

    Our opera oasis under the stars

    Destination Santa Fe Opera welcomes you back for our 2022 season with our host, Jane Trembley.
    We're ready to take on 2022 with five brand new productions, including an international co-production a company premiere, and a world premiere.
    You could say that we're a little excited. 
    New episodes of the podcast are coming to you all spring and summer long featuring the artists, singers, technicians, and many opera professionals working behind the scenes to bring you the stories, music and splendor onstage at the Santa Fe Opera.
    Make sure you follow us on your favorite podcast app so you don't miss a beat!
    CREDITS Destination Santa Fe Opera is a Santa Fe Opera podcast, produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios.
    Post-Production Audio: Edwin R. Ruiz
    Hosted by: Jane Trembley
    Show Notes by: Lisa Widder
    ***
    Learn more about the Santa Fe Opera and plan your visit at http://www.santafeopera.org.
    We'd love for you to join us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok @santafeopera.

    • 1 min

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