The 2017 Season

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Opera Adventure 2017 - Performers

Soprano Brenda Rae sings the title role in Lucia.

Elza van den Heever (Don Giovanni, 2009) as Alcina

Bass-baritone Eric Owens (Wozzeck, 2011) is featured in the Golden Cockerel.

Baritone Edward Parks sings his Santa Fe debut as Jobs.

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Lucia di Lammermoor - DonizettiLucia will be the first victim of madness during our week in Santa Fe. Brenda Rae will sing the title role with Mario Chang as Edgardo. Magic and sorcery follow with Alcina, with a spectacular cast featuring Elza van den Heever, Anna Christy and Alek Schrader. Expect vocal fireworks! The seldom heard Golden Cockerel, a Russian folk tale of fate, power and astrology follows, with the impressive Eric Owens as the King and Meredith Arawady as Amelfa. Our amazing week will finish with the technological madness of Steve Jobs, of Apple computer fame, in a world premiere by composer Mason Bates. The opera itself promises to be a technological showpiece!!

Above: Lucia is one of the most challenging roles in the soprano repertory.

About the Instructor

Larry Axelrod has taught at the Music Center of the North Shore (now Music Institute of Chicago), different Elderhostel venues and Renasan, Ghost Ranch Santa Fe, and Columbia College in Chicago. Larry is a composer, pianist and conductor, whose musical activities have taken him around the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. As a composer, Mr. Axelrod has had works done by The Chicago Composers Orchestra, Palomar, CUBE Contemorary Chamber Ensemble, Pinotage, The Lincoln Trio, The Duo Ahlert/Schwab, the Ensemble JungeMusik Berlin and his compositions have been performed on composers’ festival concerts around the United States. He has several recordings, including the Brandenburg Fantasias and The Heart Revived on Innova.

For more information please visit or call Larry at (773)680-8811.


About the Class

The operas we will be attending are:
Mon., July 31 - Lucia (Donizetti)
Wed., August 2 - Alcina (Handel)
Thurs., August 3 - Golden Cockerel (Rimski)
Fri., August 4 - Steve Jobs (Bates)
Tuesday, August 1 will be an open day.

Right: "Alcina" is vintage Handel with a succession of show-stopping arias that tell a story of enchantment and romance.

Each morning from 9 AM to noon, we will have a class to watch DVD performances, listen to CDs and learn about that evening’s opera. There will be time for discussion and questions. Vigorous class participation is encouraged! The class will be held in the meeting room of the Sage Inn, across from the breakfast area.

All performances start at 8:00 PM. There are pre-opera lectures in Stieren Orchestra Hall on the opera grounds each night that begin at 7:00 PM.

Please note:

Buying the ticket for the optional Tuesday August 1 performance (J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus) will be up to each individual. A link to the opera’s website is provided below for your convenience.

Useful Links:
Sage Inn
The Santa Fe Opera
City of Santa Fe

Hotel and Amenities

Golden Cockerel - Rimski-KorsakoffOur hotel will be the Sage Inn. It is just six blocks from the historic Plaza and across from the Railyard Park.

Parking is free for guests in the ample parking lot. A hearty complimentary breakfast is served in the main building from 6:30 AM to 10 AM. The hotel has a shuttle available to take you most places of interest in town if needed. All rooms have complimentary wireless internet access and there are computers in the lobby available for guest use as well. The hotel also has a pool.

Above right: Behind Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel’s exotic melodies, political satire masquerades in Pushkin’s fairy tale—as a dim-witted head of state, Tsar Dodon, leads his country into a disastrous war on the advice of equally stupid counselors.

About your arrival

Arrival at the Sage Inn will be on July 30, 2017. Hotel rooms are assured at 4 PM but may be available for earlier check in. The front desk will be happy to hold your luggage if you arrive before your room is ready. We will have a short get-together in the evening at 7 PM just to meet each other and talk about the week. Check out will be no later than 11AM on Saturday, August 5.

Transportation to the Opera

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs - BatesYou may choose to get to the opera on your own. There is a large lot with free parking there. For those not renting a car, we can arrange transportation up to the opera with other members of the class. This very friendly group is always happy to help. Alternatively, you can book with one of the local transportation services in town, such as Roadrunner. (see links...)

Right: Awaited with keen anticipation, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell explores the spiritual evolution of one of the most influential men of modern times as he discovers the universe beyond technology within himself.

Transportation to/from Albuquerque

If you are arriving at the Albuquerque International Airport, there are several options for transportation to Santa Fe. Many people rent cars in order to be able to see more of New Mexico on their time outside of class. However the Railrunner, the train connection between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and the group shuttles are also popular.

Fee and fee schedule

Double occupancy will be $1450 per person. Single occupancy will be $1750. This includes: four opera tickets, six nights hotel stay, daily breakfast, four lunches, one dinner. A 50% deposit ($725 per person double, $875 single) will hold your place. The balance will be due 60 days in advance (May 31, 2017).
Cancellation policy:
Before May 30, a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee will be issued. Before June 30, a 50% refund will be issued. Before July 10, a 25% refund will be issued. Any cancellation later than July 10, no refund will be issued.
Not included:
Gratuities for hotel staff, five dinners, one lunch, all airfare, transportation costs to/from the airport and to/from the opera.


To register for Sante Fe Opera Adventure 2017, click on the
link here and download the registration form. Completed forms can be mailed to:
Lawrence Axelrod
5111 N. Monticello Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625



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