Hojotoho! — SFO apprentices showcase a smorgasbord of scenes
Santa Fe Opera’s apprentice program is nationally acclaimed for providing a steppingstone for young professionals preparing for operatic careers. The most visible among them are the apprentice singers, who number 43 this year; two of them, in fact, have been thrust into leading roles they had been covering as understudies. Behind the scenes a further 75 apprentices are busy advancing their skills in such areas as scenery and props, costumes, wigs and makeup, stage carpentry, and other technical aspects of operatic production. The apprentices — both singers and techies — strut their stuff in two evenings of fully staged opera scenes, on Sunday, Aug. 10 and 17, at 8 p.m. both nights. The opening performance includes scenes from Anna Bolena, Ariadne auf Naxos, La Cenerentola, and Thaïs; the second week touches down on, among other operas, Lucia di Lammermoor,
Doctor Atomic, Simon Boccanegra, and Die Walküre (the steeplechase in the sky: Hojotoho!). Tickets ($15 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 22) are for sale at the opera box office (505-986-5900 or 800-280-4654) or online at www.santafeopera.org. Santa Fe Opera is seven miles north of Santa Fe on U.S. 84/285. — J.M.K.