March 22, 25, 27 & 29, 2019
7:30 pm—Wednesday & Friday
Opera Southwest presents Verdi’s La Traviata, a fully-staged opera with orchestra, sung in Italian with English translation supertitles and presented in three acts with one intermission.
One of the most famous of the great classic operas, La Traviata is a sweeping love story set against the backdrop of decadent Paris high society, where the celebrated courtesan Violetta eschews her wealthy suitors for the simple life with poor Alfredo.
$19, $39, $59, $79, $99; discounts for groups of ten or more and patrons 30 and younger
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February 2, 7 & 9, 2020
Opera Southwest presents Daniel Catán’s Il Postino, a fully staged opera with orchestra, sung in Spanish with both Spanish and English translation supertitles, and presented in two acts with one intermission.
Presented in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Il Postino is based on the novel Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skármeta, as well as the film by Michael Radford. When exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda arrives on a tiny Italian island, he receives so much fan mail that Mario is hired as his personal postman. Mario soon becomes Neruda’s student, learning the art of poetry to woo a local barmaid. Inspired by Neruda, Mario’s poetic voice continues to take wing as he expresses the struggles of his fellow working class villagers. A firm friendship develops, and the postman is forever a changed man.
$19, $39, $59, $79, $99; discounts for groups of eight or more and patrons 30 and younger
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2 pm & 7 pm
New Year’s with the Opera is a fun variety show featuring Opera Southwest’s most beloved performers, the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, and the Opera Southwest Chamber Orchestra. With a variety of opera favorites and light classics, there is something for everyone to ring in the New Year. This year, for the first time, we offer a family-friendly presentation at 2 pm along with our evening performance at 7 pm.
$45, $55, $65; an additional $45 upcharge for the New Year’s Eve VIP After-Party with the cast
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Los Pastores, the New Mexican Shepherds Play, was brought to New Mexico in 17th century from Spain. The play follows the adventures, antics, and battles of shepherds, angels, and devils. On their journey to Bethlehem to take their presents, the shepherds are waylaid by Demonio. The audience is amused by the mischief of Bartolo, the lazy shepherd, and the rhetorical prowess and swordplay of San Miguel.
Before it was revived in 1973, when a manuscript was discovered in a home in Las Nutrias, the last time that Los Pastores had been performed in this area was in 1929. Filomena Baca and a group of parishioners of Nuestra Señora de Belén have been performing the play ever since.
(taken from Enrique Lamadrid’s “Reflections on Los Pastores“)
Free public event
A discussion and Q&A session before the performance will be led by Filomena Baca and Dante Berry, one of the actors in the play, which has been performed by members of his family for generations.