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For some, opera seems like a for­eign lan­guage, and de­pend­ing on the au­di­ence and pro­duc­tion, it may be. But the com­bi­na­tion of drama, move­ment, sets, cos­tumes, and soar­ing vo­cals means that there is some­thing for al­most every­one. For long­time lovers of opera or those who are cau­tiously cu­ri­ous, the Santa Fe Opera and the Santa Fe Opera Guild of­fer a new kind of class — Opera 101, a two-part pro­gram hosted by Oliver Prezant, mu­sic di­rec­tor of the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Or­ches­tra. The first ses­sion, held at Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St., 988-4226), pro­vides a his­tor­i­cal over­view of the art form. It runs from 5:15 to 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, March 10, and re­peats from 10:15 a.m. to noon on Satur­day, March 13. The sec­ond ses­sion gives stu­dents an op­por­tu­nity to go be­hind the scenes at SFO (seven miles north of Santa Fe on U.S. 84/285) and learn a thing or two about the work that goes into stag­ing its lav­ish pro­duc­tions. This ses­sion meets at Stieren Hall from 5 to 7 p.m. onWed­nes­day, March 17, and again from 10 a.m. to noon on Satur­day, March 20. This pre­sen­ta­tion is free, but space is lim­ited— to make reser­va­tions, call 629-1410, Ext. 105.

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