Ho­jo­toho! — SFO ap­pren­tices show­case a smor­gas­bord of scenes

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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.

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