Mixed Me­dia

Check out the Santa Fe Opera’s re­cent ren­o­va­tions and rummage through col­lectibles from past pro­duc­tions at its flea mar­ket

Pasatiempo - - NEWS - — Paul Wei­de­man

Bat­ting 1,000 In 1968, the Santa Fe Opera theater was re­built af­ter fire de­stroyed the orig­i­nal 1957 build­ing. The fa­cil­ity will soon be a half-cen­tury old, but gen­eral direc­tor Charles MacKay wants it to feel like new. On Satur­day, May 16, the com­mu­nity is in­vited to an open house at the opera to view re­cently com­pleted ren­o­va­tions and im­prove­ments.

The project now un­der way will not af­fect the ar­chi­tec­ture of the dra­matic theater, which was re­mod­eled in 1998. At that time, stage views were opened up with the re­moval of pil­lars, the two sweep­ing roofs in­stead suspended by a mast-and-rod sys­tem. The remodel also con­nected the two roofs with translu­cent pan­els and added a se­ries of flaglike wind baf­fles.

About the cur­rent work MacKay said, “The al­ter­ations are fo­cus­ing on the sup­port spa­ces, re­ally to make the theater more com­fort­able for pa­trons and more spa­cious and wel­com­ing to our artists, rais­ing ev­ery­thing up to the level of the Santa Fe Opera’s rep­u­ta­tion. It won’t be quite so much like sum­mer camp back­stage.”

The en­trance to the theater has been re­freshed, with a new food kiosk, box of­fice, and gift shop; larger con­ces­sion ar­eas; and what he de­scribed as “prob­a­bly a 50 per­cent in­crease in the re­strooms, which will be a big help at in­ter­mis­sion. Also, our dress­ing rooms are vastly ex­panded back­stage, and the cos­tume shop is ba­si­cally dou­bled in size.”

The Satur­day open house in the Crosby Theatre is held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “It should be great fun. Folks don’t of­ten get a chance to go back­stage and snoop around,” MacKay said. Peo­ple will also get a close-up view of cos­tumes and one of the sets — a hunt­ing lodge — for The Daugh­ter

of the Reg­i­ment, Donizetti’s 19th-cen­tury ro­man­tic com­edy that opens the SFO sea­son on July 3.

Also on Satur­day, at O’Shaugh­nessy Hall on the opera’s lower grounds, the Guilds of Santa Fe Opera host Fledermarket from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Works of art, col­lectibles, house­wares, sport­ing goods, jew­elry, and other goods will be avail­able. “There should be some very un­usual pieces and some great bar­gains,” MacKay said. En­trance to both events is free.

If you de­sire first pick at the mar­ket goods, at­tend the Fleav­iew Pre­view from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Fri­day, May 15. There will be live mu­sic, hors d’oeu­vres, and li­ba­tions from Black Mesa Win­ery in Ve­larde. Tick­ets, $75, are avail­able at www.guild­sofsfo.org/flea. Pro­ceeds from this and from the Fledermarket sales ben­e­fit the opera’s on­go­ing “Set­ting the Stage” updating project.

Above, the cos­tume shop at the Santa Fe Opera

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