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A 'Night at the Opera' Features Elegant Dinner

Santa Fe Apprentices Return To Socorro For Spring Event

SOCORRO, N.M. April 21, 2016 – It is customary for opera-goers in Santa Fe to enjoy an elegant dinner, tailgate-style, with men and women in full regalia, before sitting down to enjoy an evening of musicians and singers performing a dramatic piece.

Pair Dinner With The Opera

New Mexico Tech's Tech Club-Club Macey (TCCM) is hosting a social hour and gourmet dinner prior to the Santa Fe Opera's presentation of "UnShakeable," open to both members and guests. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $10 for graduate students.

Included in the three-course dinner is a house salad with balsamic dressing, and a choice of entrees – either chicken or eggplant parmesan – served with bread sticks, green beans and spaghetti. Cannoli will be provided for dessert.

Tickets for the dinner must be purchased by end of day, Friday, April 22, available from the Performing Arts Series office at 575-835-5688.

Tech is offering local opera lovers the opportunity to enjoy the next-best thing when the Santa Fe Opera Apprentices bring a "Night at the Opera" to Macey Center at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, preceded by a social hour and gourmet dinner.

Admission to the performance is free of charge; tickets to the social hour and dinner, sponsored by Tech Club-Club Macey (TCCM) must be purchased separately (please see related article) with a special offering for graduate students at New Mexico Tech.

This season, the Santa Fe Opera Apprentices will present "UnShakeable,"a new work written in commemoration of the quadricentennial of William Shakespeare's death. The Bard was born on April 26, 1564 and died on April 23, 1616.

This year also marks the 22nd anniversary of the Opera's Spring Tour, a series of 10 free performances throughout the region, including Socorro.

UnShakeable is an opera for all ages composed by Santa Fe Opera General Director Joe Illick, with libretto by Andrea Fellows Walters, the Opera's director of education and community engagement.

 

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Kristin Ditlow, (from left), Joe Illick, Andrea Fellows Walters, Samuel Schultz, Jacquelyn Stucker and Wilberth Gonzales will perform in Socorro. 

Photo by Minesh Bacrania

 

" 'A Night at the Opera' is not a regular part of our Performing Arts Series schedule, but we at PAS always look forward to being a part of this annual event," said PAS Director Ronna Kalish. "And it is fortuitous that the performance here in Socorro coincides with Shakespeare's birthdate.

"This new and original opera was premiered on April 9 of this year to wonderful reviews," Kalish continued, "and we are pleased to have it performed here at our own Macey Center in its premier month."

Set in an abandoned theater in New Mexico 25 years in the future, UnShakeable tells the story of Wyatt and Meridian, Shakespearean actors and former lovers who have fallen victim to Erasure, a viral pandemic resulting in memory loss.

At the start of the pandemic, Wyatt finds himself separated from Meridian, and he has been searching for his love ever since. Exploring themes of memory, connection and the power of song, UnShakeable incorporates language from some of Shakespeare's many iconic works to create a modern romantic comedy.

"This is a performance perfectly suited for audiences of all ages," Kalish said. "Everyone who enjoys opera, and all Shakespeare lovers, will revel in this modern love story."

Soprano Jacquelyn Stucker, returning to the Santa Fe Opera as a second-year apprentice this summer, sings the role of Meridian, and is joined by baritone Samuel Schultz as Wyatt.

Kathleen Clawson, assistant director of the Apprentice Program for Singers at the Santa Fe Opera, stage directs; and Kristin Ditlow, member of the music faculty at the University of New Mexico, is music director for the tour performances.

Original costume and set designs are by former Santa Fe Opera technical apprentice Wilberth Gonzalez.