Opera Southwest Presents Verdi’s La Traviata (Rental)

March 22, 25, 27 & 29, 2019
2 pm—Sundays
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

Visit the Opera Southwest website HERE.

  • The title, content, photos/images and description for this event were provided to the NHCC by the organization renting the NHCC venue for the event. By serving as a venue and posting the event on its website, the NHCC is not endorsing any views expressed in the title or description of the event, nor is it endorsing the content of the event.

Opera Southwest Presents Daniel Catan’s Il Postino (Rental)

February 2, 7 & 9, 2020
2 pm—Sundays
7:30 pm—Friday

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.

The sounds of the Mediterranean come alive in Catán’s stunningly beautiful, Puccini-esque score—a story of love in its many forms, set against a backdrop of conflicting political and spiritual ideologies.

$19, $39, $59, $79, $99; discounts for groups of eight or more and patrons 30 and younger

Visit the Opera Southwest website HERE.

  • The title, content, photos/images and description for this event were provided to the NHCC by the organization renting the NHCC venue for the event. By serving as a venue and posting the event on its website, the NHCC is not endorsing any views expressed in the title or description of the event, nor is it endorsing the content of the event.

Opera Southwest Presents New Year’s with the Opera! (Rental)

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

Visit the Opera Southwest website HERE.

  • The title, content, photos/images and description for this event were provided to the NHCC by the organization renting the NHCC venue for the event. By serving as a venue and posting the event on its website, the NHCC is not endorsing any views expressed in the title or description of the event, nor is it endorsing the content of the event.

Opera Southwest Presents Bottesini’s Alì Babà (Rental)

October 20, 25 & 27, 2019
2 pm—Sundays
7:30 pm—Friday

Opera Southwest presents Alì Babà, a fully staged opera with orchestra, sung in Italian with English translation supertitles and presented in three acts with one intermission. With a libretto based on “Alì Babà and the Forty Thieves,” the well-known and lively story from One Thousand and One NightsAlì Babà was composed by Giovanni Bottesini, an Italian composer and double bass virtuoso known as the “Paganini of the bass.”

The opera premiered in 1871 in London, with considerable acclaim and numerous performances. Later, however, the score was lost, and it has not been heard in well over a century. As with Opera Southwest’s Amleto (Hamlet) project, Maestro Anthony Barrese has reconstructed the score from the composer’s original manuscript, and Opera Southwest will give the work its modern American premiere.

$19, $39, $59, $79, $99; discounts for groups of eight or more and patrons 30 and younger

Visit the Opera Southwest website HERE.

  • The title, content, photos/images and description for this event were provided to the NHCC by the organization renting the NHCC venue for the event. By serving as a venue and posting the event on its website, the NHCC is not endorsing any views expressed in the title or description of the event, nor is it endorsing the content of the event.

Opera Southwest Presents Wagner’s Lohengrin–RELOCATED

Due to facilities issues in the Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts at the NHCC, this performance will not take place at the NHCC. To learn more about the new dates and location, please visit https://www.operasouthwest.org/operas/lohengrin

Opera Southwest presents Wagner’s Lohengrin, a fully staged opera with orchestra, sung in German with English translation supertitles and presented in three acts with two intermissions. This will be the New Mexico premiere of Wagner’s bel canto masterpiece.

Our pioneering reconstruction of the lost orchestration from the 1850 Weimar premiere of Lohengrin, conducted by Franz Liszt, will revisit the intimate and historically accurate masterpiece for an epic close to this season. Maestro Anthony Barrese conducts.
$15, $29, $45, $59, $75, $89; discounts for groups of ten or more and patrons 30 and younger

  • The title, content, photos/images and description for this event were provided to the NHCC by the organization renting the NHCC venue for the event. By serving as a venue and posting the event on its website, the NHCC is not endorsing any views expressed in the title or description of the event, nor is it endorsing the content of the event.

Opera Southwest Presents Astor Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires

February 17, 20, 22 & 24, 2019
2 pm — Sundays
7:30 pm—Wednesday & Friday

Opera Southwest presents Astor Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires, a fully-staged opera with orchestra, sung in Spanish with both English and Spanish translation supertitles, and presented in two acts with one intermission.

OSW is thrilled to present Piazzolla’s only opera in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The story goes that his surrealist depiction of the titular Maria’s sleepwalk through violence, death, the afterlife, and rebirth was composed entirely on the bandoneón. The opera effortlessly weaves classical contrapuntal techniques together with milongas, cabarets, and mid-century jazz for a thrilling dance through the underbelly of Buenos Aires. Anthony Barrese conducts.
$15, $29, $45, $59, $75, $89; discounts for groups of ten or more, patrons 30 and younger, and those who attend all three “Inside Opera” workshops between Jan. 23 and Feb. 5, 2019.

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

Inside Opera: María de Buenos Aires

5:30-7 pm
NHCC Library, History and Literary Arts Building

Opera novices and aficionados are invited to three free interactive presentations about  “María de Buenos Aires,” Astor Piazzola’s extraordinary tango-opera. Over three Wednesday evenings, poet Valerie Martínez and conductor Oliver Prezant will lead you on a magical journey through the story, the libretto, the music, and the staging of this evocative work, which tells the story of María, a prostitute born in a poor suburb of Buenos Aires, who sleepwalks through life, death, the afterlife, and is reborn into “innocence.” The music, by tango legend Ástor Piazzolla, is based on “nuevo tango,” a genre that Piazzolla revolutionized by infusing Argentine tango with elements of jazz and classical music. Those who attend all three sessions will receive a 50% discount on tickets to a performance of the show, which runs from February 17-24 in the Journal Theater.

Dates and Topics:

January 23: Story, Text, and Context, with Valerie Martínez

  • Maria’s Argentina: old tango bars, duende, crafting the libretto, signs and symbols, magical realism.

January 30: The Music, with Oliver Prezant

  • Astor Piazzola and Tango Nuevo, singing the story-setting the text, the music of character and situation.

February 6: Maria on Stage – “Operita” or Opera? with Oliver Prezant

  • Director’s choice: blocking, lighting, sets, costumes. Maria in the land of musical theater and opera.

Register for the workshops HERE.

Valerie Martínez is currently the Director of History and Literary Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Santa Fe’s second Poet Laureate, Valerie taught poetry and literature at the college/university level for 23 years. As a core artist and Executive Director of Littleglobe, Valerie worked in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera Community Engagement Program to co-create two community-based operas: Memorylines: Voces de Nuestras Jornadas (2008) and the Santa Fe Bus Opera (2010).

Oliver Prezant has presented lectures and education programs for The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Southwest. He is the Music Director and conductor of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and the Artistic Advisor to the ArtWorks Program, which provides arts education workshops for Santa Fe Public Schools students and teachers. He was on the faculty of the Contemporary Music Program at the College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Inside Opera: María de Buenos Aires

5:30-7 pm
NHCC Library, History and Literary Arts Building

Opera novices and aficionados are invited to three free interactive presentations about  “María de Buenos Aires,” Astor Piazzolla’s extraordinary tango-opera. Over three Wednesday evenings, poet Valerie Martínez and conductor Oliver Prezant will lead you on a magical journey through the story, the libretto, the music, and the staging of this evocative work, which tells the story of María, a prostitute born in a poor suburb of Buenos Aires, who sleepwalks through life, death, the afterlife, and is reborn into “innocence.” The music, by tango legend Ástor Piazzolla, is based on “nuevo tango,” a genre that Piazzolla revolutionized by infusing Argentine tango with elements of jazz and classical music. Those who attend all three sessions will receive a 50% discount on tickets to a performance of the show, which runs from February 17-24 in the Journal Theater.

Dates and Topics:

January 23: Story, Text, and Context, with Valerie Martínez

  • Maria’s Argentina: old tango bars, duende, crafting the libretto, signs and symbols, magical realism.

January 30: The Music, with Oliver Prezant

  • Astor Piazzola and Tango Nuevo, singing the story-setting the text, the music of character and situation.

February 6: Maria on Stage – “Operita” or Opera? with Oliver Prezant

  • Director’s choice: blocking, lighting, sets, costumes. Maria in the land of musical theater and opera.

Register for the workshops HERE.

Valerie Martínez is currently the Director of History and Literary Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Santa Fe’s second Poet Laureate, Valerie taught poetry and literature at the college/university level for 23 years. As a core artist and Executive Director of Littleglobe, Valerie worked in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera Community Engagement Program to co-create two community-based operas: Memorylines: Voces de Nuestras Jornadas (2008) and the Santa Fe Bus Opera (2010).

Oliver Prezant has presented lectures and education programs for The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Southwest. He is the Music Director and conductor of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and the Artistic Advisor to the ArtWorks Program, which provides arts education workshops for Santa Fe Public Schools students and teachers. He was on the faculty of the Contemporary Music Program at the College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Inside Opera: María de Buenos Aires

5:30-7 pm
NHCC Library, History and Literary Arts Building

Opera novices and aficionados are invited to three free interactive presentations about  “María de Buenos Aires,” Astor Piazzola’s extraordinary tango-opera. Over three Wednesday evenings, poet Valerie Martínez and conductor Oliver Prezant will lead you on a magical journey through the story, the libretto, the music, and the staging of this evocative work, which tells the story of María, a prostitute born in a poor suburb of Buenos Aires, who sleepwalks through life, death, the afterlife, and is reborn into “innocence.” The music, by tango legend Ástor Piazzolla, is based on “nuevo tango,” a genre that Piazzolla revolutionized by infusing Argentine tango with elements of jazz and classical music. Those who attend all three sessions will receive a 50% discount on tickets to a performance of the show, which runs from February 17-24 in the Journal Theater.

Dates and Topics:

January 23: Story, Text, and Context, with Valerie Martínez

  • Maria’s Argentina: old tango bars, duende, crafting the libretto, signs and symbols, magical realism.

January 30: The Music, with Oliver Prezant

  • Astor Piazzola and Tango Nuevo, singing the story-setting the text, the music of character and situation.

February 6: Maria on Stage – “Operita” or Opera? with Oliver Prezant

  • Director’s choice: blocking, lighting, sets, costumes. Maria in the land of musical theater and opera.

Register for the workshops HERE.

Valerie Martínez is currently the Director of History and Literary Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Santa Fe’s second Poet Laureate, Valerie taught poetry and literature at the college/university level for 23 years. As a core artist and Executive Director of Littleglobe, Valerie worked in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera Community Engagement Program to co-create two community-based operas: Memorylines: Voces de Nuestras Jornadas (2008) and the Santa Fe Bus Opera (2010).

Oliver Prezant has presented lectures and education programs for The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Southwest. He is the Music Director and conductor of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and the Artistic Advisor to the ArtWorks Program, which provides arts education workshops for Santa Fe Public Schools students and teachers. He was on the faculty of the Contemporary Music Program at the College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Opera Southwest Presents New Year’s with the Opera! (Rental)

7:30 pm

New Year’s with the Opera is a fun variety show featuring a quartet of Opera Southwest’s most beloved recent 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! Join us after the performance in the Ortega Ballroom for a champagne reception to ring in the New Year.
$45, $55, $65; an additional $45 upcharge for the New Year’s Eve after-party

  • The title, content, photos/images and description for this event were provided to the NHCC by the organization renting the NHCC venue for the event. By serving as a venue and posting the event on its website, the NHCC is not endorsing any views expressed in the title or description of the event, nor is it endorsing the content of the event.