A Night at the Opera

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A Night at the Opera

Friday, Dec 24, 2021 / 5:00 pm

Celebrate Christmas Eve with The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and The Santa Fe Opera at the beautiful Lensic Performing Arts Center. Experience a spectacular Christmas Eve collaboration, featuring beloved arias, duets, trios and quartets sung by hand-selected apprentice singers from our very own Santa Fe Opera! The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program for Singers is internationally recognized as one of the finest programs of its type. Each year, approximately 40 apprentice singers are chosen from a competitive applicant pool. The Santa Fe Symphony Guillermo Figueroa, Principal Conductor Marlen Nahhas, Soprano Ana Mora, Mezzo-Soprano Duke Kim, Tenor Zachary Nelson, Baritone.

 

PROGRAM

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Overture from Le nozze di Figaro

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Hai gia vinta la causa from Le nozze di Figaro

Zachary Nelson, Baritone

GEORGES BIZET

Seguidilla from Carmen

Ana Mora, Mezzo-Soprano

GAETANO DONIZETTI

Una Furtiva Lagrima from L’elisir d’amore

Duke Kim, Tenor

JOHANN STRAUSS II

Overture to Die Fledermaus

JOHANN STRAUSS II

Mein Herr Marquis from Die Fledermaus

Marlen Nahhas, Soprano

JOHANN STRAUSS II

Champagne Chorus from Die Fledermaus

Marlen Nahhas, Soprano; Ana Mora, Mezzo-Soprano; Duke Kim, Tenor; Zachary Nelson, Baritone

Intermission

PIETRO MASCAGNI

Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

GIACOMO PUCCINI

Flower Duet from Madama Butterfly

Marlen Nahhas, Soprano, and Ana Mora, Mezzo-Soprano

RUGGERO LEONCAVALLO

Si può? Si può? from Pagliacci

Zachary Nelson, Baritone

GIACOMO PUCCINI

Quando m’en vo from La bohème

Marlen Nahhas, Soprano

ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD

Glück das mir verblieb from Die tote Stadt

Marlen Nahhas, Soprano

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS

Danse Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila

GIACOMO PUCCINI

O soave fanciulla from La bohème

Marlen Nahhas, Soprano, and Duke Kim, Tenor


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Friday, Dec 24, 2021 / 5:00 pm

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Date:
Friday, Dec 24, 2021
Time:
5:00 pm
Cost:
$25
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Venue

The Lensic
211 W. San Francisco Street
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Parking

Paid public parking is available at the Sandoval Municipal Garage, 216 West San Francisco Street (across the street from The Lensic). Additional metered parking is available throughout the downtown area.

Of Note

The source for Die Fledermaus was Das Gefängnis (The Prison), a farce by German playwright Julius Roderich Benedix that premiered in Berlin in 1851. That spawned another play by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy (the librettists for Carmen), Le Réveillon (1872), which in turn gave rise to Ernst Lubitsch’s 1926 silent film, So This is Paris. The opera premiered in 1874.

Cavalleria Rusticana is usually performed with Pagliacci in a double bill. Reasons for the pairing include the short length (each opera is about 75 minutes long), the verismo style, the focus on the Italian working class, and the common themes of adulterous love leading to violence.

A seguidilla is an old Castilian folk song and dance form in quick triple time. The music is generally in a major key and often begins on an offbeat. The version in Carmen has a slower tempo than the classic Spanish dance form and a more complex structure.

Guillermo Figueroa, principal conductor

One of the most versatile and respected musical artists of his generation—renowned as conductor, violinist, violist and concertmaster—Guillermo Figueroa is the Principal Conductor of The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. He also serves as the Music Director of the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado and Music Director of the Lynn Philharmonia in Florida, and is the founder of the highly acclaimed Figueroa Music and Arts Project in Albuquerque.

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Marlen Nahhas, Soprano

Mexican-Lebanese soprano Marlen Nahhas recently completed the Cafritz Young Artists program with Washington National Opera. Highlights of her time at WNO include The Magic Flute (Pamina), La traviata (Violetta) directed by Francesca Zambello, Tesori’s The Lion, The Unicorn and Me (Flamingo), The Consul (Foreign Woman), the world premiere of Sankaram’s Taking Up Serpents (Queer Kid), and a Concert of Comedic Masterpieces under the baton of Maestro Joseph Coloneri.

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Ana Mora, Mezzo-Soprano

Venezuelan mezzo-soprano Ana Mora began her career in 2013, when she made a name for herself performing oratorio repertoire. Ana made her operatic debut in 2015, playing the role of Giovanna in Rigoletto and The Page of Herodias in Salome at the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo in Bogotá, Colombia. Later, she played the role of Hermia in A Midsummer’s Night Dream and Emilia in Willy Decker’s production of Otello at Bogota's Teatro Colón.

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Duke Kim, Tenor

Tenor Duke Kim was a Grand Finals Winner and the recipient of the Dominique Laffont Award in the 2021 Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition. Duke was most recently seen at Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist, where he performed Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. During his studies at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, he performed Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Laurie in Little Women, and Count Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera.

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Zachary Nelson, Baritone

Zachary Nelson, a native of Annapolis, Maryland, studied vocal performance at The Catholic University of America, and later the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. He has sung a number of roles for Santa Fe Opera, including the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, and most recently Marcello in La bohème.

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