The 2019 Season

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Opera Adventure 2019 - Four Compelling Performances

Cosi fan tutte, Mozart

Jenufa, Janáček

The Pearl Fishers, Bizet

The Thirteenth Child, Ruders

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Amanda MajeskiFrom Mozart’s bittersweet shuffling of couples to Janáček’s biting drama, to Bizet’s exotic lost love to Ruders’ quest to reunite a family, four utterly different genres and stories await us this year. Variety is always the most compelling element of a season in Santa Fe. As always, Santa Fe revels in the new! We will hear the premiere of Danish composer Poul Ruders’ fifth opera, The Thirteenth Child, based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Among the great singers we will hear are Amanda Majeski, Jarrett Ott, Suzanne Mentzer, and Patricia Racette.

Above: Soprano Amanda Majeski is Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte. Chicago Sun Times says Majeski is rapidly garnering critical acclaim for a voice of “silvery beauty” that combines “transparent fragility with soulful strength.”

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 Nois Saxophone Quartet, London Sylvan Ensemble, The Chicago Composers Orchestra, Palomar, CUBE Contemorary Chamber Ensemble, Pinotage, The Lincoln Trio, The Duo Ahlert/ Schwab, the Ensemble Junge Musik 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 and click on "opera travel" or call Larry at (773) 680-8811.

Jarrett Ott

About the Class

The operas we will be attending are:
Mon., August 5 - Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)
Tues., August 6 - Jenufa (Janáček)
Thurs., August 8 - The Pearl Fishers (Bizet)
Fri., August 9 - The Thirteenth Child (Ruders)
Wednesday, August 7 will be an open day.

Right: Jarrett Ott is Guglielmo, Così fan tutte. Ott was recently named one of twenty-five “Rising Stars” by Opera News, who described his voice in Cold Mountain as having an, “often ravishing, airy vocal finish… he brought the testing role not only lovely, Pelléas-like sound but a deep investment in the words.”

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.

Lovely lunches will be catered to the nearby dining room immediately after the class.

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 Wednesday August 7 performance (Puccini - La Bohème) 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

Susanne MentzerOur 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: Mezzo-Soprano Susanne Mentzer is Grandmother Buryja, Jenůfa. Opera News Review says "Mentzer’s singing is sincere and robust, and she manages extremes of range with technical expertise, bringing evenness and clarity to both highs and lows with smoothness and lyricism. She enjoys the often thorny poetry without ever over-intellectualizing."

About your arrival

Arrival at the Sage Inn will be on August 4, 2019. 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 10.

Transportation to the Opera

Patricia RacetteYou 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: Patricia Racette is Kostelnička Buryjova, Jenůfa. Singer, Director and Master Teacher Racette says "it is incumbent on the artist of today to make our characters believable, to bring character to full, three-dimensional life."

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.

Fees and fee schedule

Double occupancy will be $1600 per person. Single occupancy will be $2000. This includes: four opera tickets, six nights hotel stay, daily breakfast, four lunches, one dinner. A 50% deposit ($800 per person double, $1000 single) will hold your place. The balance will be due 60 days in advance (June 4, 2019).
Cancellation policy:
Before June 4, a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee will be issued. Before July 4, a 50% refund will be issued. Before July 14, a 25% refund will be issued. Any cancellation later than July 14, 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 2019, click on the
link here and download the registration form. Completed forms can be mailed to:
Lawrence Axelrod
5445 N. Sheridan Road, #1212
Chicago, IL 60640

For payment by credit card, contact Larry directly via phone or email.



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