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

    Life Skills, Music Making, and Billy Bad the Billionaire: Youth Opera Programs with Amy Owens and Charles Gamble

    Life Skills, Music Making, and Billy Bad the Billionaire: Youth Opera Programs with Amy Owens and Charles Gamble

    It’s encore time! After a brief hiatus to appreciate a triumphant 65th summer of opera in the desert, Destination Santa Fe Opera returns with one last conversation to close out this podcast season.
    Host Jane Trembley chats with Charles Gamble, SFO’s newly appointed Director of School Programs, and Amy Owens, newly appointed Director Designate of the Young Voices Program about how opera’s inclusive, collaborative storytelling can boost self-esteem and confidence in young people. Charles and Amy also share the paths that led each of them to their current positions, and they provide valuable details regarding the community engagement programs that SFO is involved in, including Opera Storytellers Summer Camp, the Young Voices Program, Active Learning Through Opera (ALTO), and The New Mexico Alliance for Responsive Teaching (NM ART.)
    Opera often seems insular and complicated to those unfamiliar with the art form. All the more reason for students to gain exposure to it as soon as possible. “Opera does a remarkable job bringing together every art form,” says Charles, thoroughly smashing opera’s stiff reputation. He is also quick to point out that a student’s first opera might be their last if the introduction isn’t engaging or relatable. “If you consider that each one of the components is actually a point of access rather than focusing on the overwhelming experience, I think that's the way into [opera] for most students.”
    Amy agrees. “There’s an infinite well of curiosity, of things to discover through opera, from the super-analytical stuff to the very playful and vulnerable.” She and Charles point to arts education in general and opera exposure specifically as scaffolding for skills-building, lessons that will support students throughout their lives. 
    Thanks for joining us behind the scenes this season! 
    Learn more:
    School Programs, The Santa Fe Opera
    The Young Voices of the Santa Fe Opera
    Opera Storytellers Summer Camp
    ALTO: Active Learning Through Opera
    FEATURING Charles Gamble - Director of School Programs, Santa Fe Opera
    Amy Owens - Director Designate of the Young Voices Program of the Santa Fe Opera
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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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    • 41 min
    Getting to the Next Phase in Your Opera Career featuring Technical Apprentice Khadija Ann Tarver and Apprentice Singer Thomas Cilluffo

    Getting to the Next Phase in Your Opera Career featuring Technical Apprentice Khadija Ann Tarver and Apprentice Singer Thomas Cilluffo

    Santa Fe Opera plays host to more than peerless productions. On stage and off, SFO apprentices spend the season learning by doing at one of the most celebrated and welcoming training grounds in the world. Host Jane Trembley chats with technical apprentice Khadija Ann Tarver and apprentice singer Thomas Cilluffo about their respective programs, what advice the pair have for aspiring apprentices, and their plans beyond Santa Fe.
    “I was coming in open-minded since I didn't have a traditional theater background,” admits Khadija. Talent earned her a coveted spot on this season’s props and carpentry team, while curiosity has improved Khadija’s design-and-build acumen. “There's a lot of pressure [to feel like] I'm not particularly good at this yet. Then there's a moment when you realize all of these people in the scene shop and carpentry shop are here to help me, and they want to see me learn as much as possible.”
    Apprentice opportunities honor SFO founder John Crosby’s vision of providing an immersive and inclusive environment in which to gain practical experience. “Once you get here, you get coachings, you get lessons, you do apprentice scenes, you do master classes, you sing in the choruses,” Tom says. While his intense performance routine doesn’t leave much downtime for anything but rest, he welcomes the challenges and is bolstered by the camaraderie. “I think the best advice I can give is always to assume positive intent because nobody is here to be your opposition.”
    Learn more about The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program for Singers and the Apprentice Program for Theater Technicians.
    FEATURING Khadija Ann Tarver -  Technical Apprentice
    Thomas Cilluffo - Performance Apprentice
    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
    Additional Editing by: Helen King
    Show Notes by: Lisa Widder
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    • 39 min
    Kangmin Justin Kim Transports Us Through Time and Culture with M. Butterfly

    Kangmin Justin Kim Transports Us Through Time and Culture with M. Butterfly

    Bad romances don’t come much better than the complicated relationship at the heart of M. Butterfly. Host Jane Trembley talks fantasy versus reality with countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim before his Santa Fe Opera and U.S. mainstage debut as Song Liling in this operatic world premiere.
    The pair also discuss the psychology behind Justin's character, transitioning from musical theater to opera, and building representation in the classical music community.
    “There are a lot of dichotomies in this piece,” Justin says of the lopsided love affair between French diplomat René Gallimard and Song Liling, the Beijing opera star who exploits Gallimard’s self-delusion to secure their own safety. “[There’s] lots of East and West, man and woman, truth and lies. It's very yin yang.” 
    The highly anticipated world premiere, delayed two years by pandemic-related scheduling conflicts, is an inventive operatic reworking by David Henry Hwang of his iconic 1988 Tony Award-winning musical. Composer Huang Ruo’s score complements Hwang’s libretto perfectly, providing intelligent references to Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and an increasingly distorted soundscape against which Gallimard and Liling's relationship reaches its inevitable conclusion.
    Revisiting decades-old source material is not without its challenges. “I want people to understand that this is a period piece,” says Justin. “M. Butterfly lives in the past, and we need to watch this opera through the lens of the 1960s and the late 1980s when the play was first presented to the world.”
    He challenges audiences to consider how far we’ve come in addressing issues connected to sexual orientation, gender identity, and Imperialism––and how far we’ve yet to go.
    FEATURING Kangmin Justin Kim – Countertenor
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    La Bien Aimée
    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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    • 48 min
    Jamie Barton on Epic Singing, Queer Characters, and the Heart and Complication in Tristan und Isolde

    Jamie Barton on Epic Singing, Queer Characters, and the Heart and Complication in Tristan und Isolde

    There’s no such thing as a “little” Wagner. Host Jane Trembley catches up with internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton in anticipation of the epic Santa Fe Opera debut of Tristan und Isolde.
    The pair chat about the thrill of performing this legendary tale of love and betrayal––and why Richard Wagner’s music is totally worth leaving the house for! Jamie also discusses interpreting her characters through a queer lens and transcending the score to create meaningful art.
    “I love this character!” says Jamie of the empathetic Brangäne. “She reminds me of myself in a lot of ways.” For this production, loyal maid Brangäne is cast as Isolde’s sibling. That sisterly bond provides a fresh emotional counterpoint to the titular lovers’ physical attraction. Exploring such nuances suits Jamie, a big, queer girl who advocates for bringing one’s whole self to the stage. “My job is to story-tell, and one of the baseline things I allow myself to do is come with my own honest perspective.”
    Jamie, a self-professed Wagner nerd, asserts that Tristan und Isolde sets the bar for all other works in the German composer’s canon, if not all of modern musical composition. “It's overwhelming! This particular opera inspired so much of the 20th-century stuff that we know.”
    Still, some folks might need additional coaxing to venture out. For them, Jamie plays her most persuasive card: The Crosby Theatre itself. “We're starting this before sunset, so there’ll be this daytime-to-nighttime transition. That’s an element that’s difficult to get in any other sort of typical theater.”
    FEATURING Jamie Barton – 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 https://www.santafeopera.org.
    We'd love for you to join us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok @santafeopera.

    • 48 min
    Larger Than Life: Verdi’s Falstaff with Quinn Kelsey

    Larger Than Life: Verdi’s Falstaff with Quinn Kelsey

    Who’ll serve the infamous jolly knight his just desserts? The list of candidates is long, and their scheme is hilarious. All will be revealed when Falstaff, Giuseppe Verdi’s classic farce, arrives on the Santa Fe Opera stage.
    Host Jane Trembley speaks with Hawai’i native Quinn Kelsey about embodying the larger-than-life titular character and learns why comedy is more challenging to play than tragedy. Quinn also answers the million-dollar question: what would the celebrated Verdi baritone ask the great composer if given a chance? 
    If you think you know Verdi, think again. “[Falstaff] behaves like a totally different animal,” says Quinn. The final opera of Verdi’s storied career is a comedic masterpiece propelled by complex wit, outsized swagger, and vibrant music.
    “John Falstaff is at that age where life is beginning to pass him by,” Quinn explains. “He still thinks he can charm the ladies, and you have to give him credit for having a huge amount of confidence.” 
    It doesn’t take long for that swagger to get the jolly knight into riotous trouble. “I don't normally get to play comedic characters,” Quinn says. Although pompous Falstaff is more serious than his fellow characters, all the fizzy stage antics are in response to his self-delusion.
    In a role he’s played in different ways since 2014, Quinn is more than up to the vocal and emotional challenge, fully embracing Falstaff’s hubris, hedonism, and gullibility for Sir David McVicar’s sparkling new production. “The fact that I finally get to do something with Sir David from scratch? I'm looking forward to a really fun summer.”
    FEATURING Quinn Kelsey - Baritone
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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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    • 35 min
    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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    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.

    • 43 min

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