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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.