Santa Fe Opera announces free opera screenings in the park and more
Santa Fe Opera welcomes the return of free Opera in the Park screenings in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFO
News from the FSO:
SANTA FE – Santa Fe Opera (SFO) has announced the return of free Opera in the Park screenings in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and radio broadcasts with 95.5 KHFM Classical Public Radio.
The events are part of the Opera Festival’s 65th season celebrations and ongoing commitment to bringing the joy of opera to Santa Fe, Albuquerque and New Mexico communities.
Opera in the park:
Albuquerque residents can expect a free screening of Bizet’s most popular opera, Carmen, at the Civic Plaza on August 28. Sponsored by the City of Albuquerque Department of Arts and Culture, doors will open at 5 p.m. with a performance around 6 p.m. The live recorded production will be presented on a large-scale professional projection system and audio will be broadcast through external speakers. On-site concessions and instant on-screen translations in English and Spanish will be available.
In Santa Fe, screenings of Bizet’s Carmen and Rossini’s classic comedy The Barber of Seville will take place at SWAN Park on September 17 and 18. Sponsored by the City of Santa Fe, doors will open at 5 p.m. with entertainment from local artists at 5 p.m. :30 p.m., and both screenings will begin at 6 p.m. There will be no intermission. The opera invites opera lovers and newcomers to bring a picnic or choose from the food trucks at the event and stretch out on the grass and enjoy the show. Two 300 square foot LED walls will provide attendees with a state-of-the-art viewing experience, while audio will be delivered through outdoor speakers. Instant on-screen translations in English and Spanish will be available.
Schedule of Opera screenings in the park:
- 6 p.m. on August 28 at the Civic Plaza in Albuquerque, Carmen;
- 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at SWAN Park in Santa Fe, Carmen; and
- 6:00 p.m. on September 18 at SWAN Park in Santa Fe, The Barber of Seville
The South West Area Node (SWAN) Regional Park is located in 5300 Jaguar Drive, Santa Fe 87506
The Santa Fe Opera would like to thank the sponsors of Opera in the Park, ExxonMobil and Bank of America. Performance capture recordings are directed by Jesse Fisher of Cut Print Video Production and assistant directed by Nathan Troup, with sound engineering by Michael Schweppe Sound. Artist appearances are made possible by the American Guild of Musical Artists, the AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Musicians. Additional event information can be found on line
Radio broadcasts on the classic public radio 95.5 KHFM:
To listen to music from the entire 2022 Santa Fe Opera season from the comfort of your home or vehicle, tune into Classic Public Radio 95.5 KHFM every Monday in August.
The works presented will be live recordings of Bizet’s Crosby Theater Carmenby Rossini The Barber of Seville, by Verdi Falstaffby Wagner Tristan and Isolda and the world premiere of the opera by Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang Mr. Butterfly 蝴蝶君. KHFM soprano and host Kathlene Ritch is joined by Santa Fe Opera House co-host, tenor and artistic director David Lomelí to introduce the shows that will air at 6 p.m. August 22 and 29.
Residents of Albuquerque, Santa Fe and surrounding communities can tune in through 95.5 KHFM; Roswell at 103.1 FM; Taos at 106.3 FM; Ruidoso at 95.9 FM. Listeners in New Mexico, the United States and elsewhere can also stream the shows via computer or mobile device on KHFM.org. Listeners can expect commentary in English and Spanish.
The radio shows are co-produced by Brent Stevens, Executive Director and Director of Programs for KHFM, and Emily Doyle Moore, Director of Media and Public Relations for the Santa Fe Opera, and mixed by sound engineer Michael Schweppe for Santa Fe Opera..
Radio broadcast schedule:
- 6:00 p.m. on August 1 Carmen
- 6:00 p.m. August 8, The Barber of Seville
- 6:00 p.m. August 15, Falstaff
- 6 p.m. August 22, Tristan and Isolda
- 6 p.m. on August 29 Mr. Butterfly 蝴蝶君 (world premiere)
The 2022 season:
From July 1 to August 27, the 65 of the Santa Fe Operae Festival Season features 38 performances and five new productions.
The ambitious season includes all 18e world premiere Mr. Butterfly by composer Huang Ruo, librettist David Henry Hwang and directed by James Robinson; the first company of Wagner’s masterpiece Tristan and Isolda co-directed by Zack Winokur and Lisenka Heijboer Castañón; a poignant story by Bizet Carmen by Mariame Clement; Verdi’s comic final opera Falstaff in a co-production with Scottish Opera by Sir David McVicar; Stephen Barlow’s inventive take on Rossini’s most popular opera The Barber of Seville; and two apprentice scenes showcasing the opera’s talented apprentice singers and techniques.
About Classic Public Radio 95.5 KHFM
KHFM is New Mexico’s only 24-hour classical music radio station. Founded in 1954 by two Albuquerque teachers, KHFM became a public non-commercial station in 2017. Serving Santa Fe, Albuquerque and surrounding communities at 95.5 FM, KHFM also reaches the communities of Taos, Ruidoso and Roswell via translators . KHFM is proud to partner with local arts organizations to promote the performing arts and arts education statewide. The station has a global audience in 80 countries and in 43 of the United States via live streaming on KHFM.org.
About the Santa Fe Opera
The Santa Fe Opera attracts 85,000 people from New Mexico and around the world each year. Nestled atop a mountain in northern New Mexico, the company’s iconic Crosby Theater is open on three sides, allowing visitors to enjoy performances complemented by the elements. Since 1957, the company has presented more than 2,000 performances of 177 operas by 90 composers spanning five centuries of opera, creating a legacy of 45 American premieres and 17 world premieres.