A night at the operetta
Operetta was all the rage in the 19th century, with audiences in France, Austria, and England clamoring for the music of Offenbach, Johann Strauss, and Gilbert and Sullivan. At 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8, students from Chimayó show off their take on the art form with The Switcheroo, created in collaboration with Santa Fe Opera’s Student-Produced Opera Program. Composer Jeremy Bleich and theater artist Kathryn Mark led a group of 5-to 12-year olds through the writing process and other aspects of production including costume design and choreography. Since the program’s inception in 1991, more than 12,000 children in Northern New Mexico have produced 175 operas. This year’s show, hosted by Chimayó’s Boys and Girls Club, is at Chimayó Elementary School, 31 County Road 93. Admission is free. Call 946-2404 for information.
Clockwise bottom left: Sarah Martinez, Sabrina Munoz, Theresa Chavez, Jeremiah Trujillo, Marissa Sanchez, and Adrian Garcia