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The Santa Fe Opera has kicked off its 2021 Season with 30 scheduled performances of four operas, running July 10 – August 27. What better way to get away from the summer doldrums and into a culture-rich environment? The 64th Santa Fe Opera season celebrates the inclusion of works new to the world stage, alongside audience favorites by Mozart and Tchaikovsky. A variety of time periods and languages are also represented, with pieces and perspectives dating from 1786 to 2021, sung in English, Italian and Russian.

The season begins with a stylish new production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s sparkling comedy, The Marriage of Figaro. What’s a bride to do to stop the unwanted advances of her employer? She teams up with his wife to teach him a lesson in fidelity. Laurent Pelly’s new production of this timeless classic spins this 24-hour tale like clockwork and reveals that love, especially when paired with wit, can conquer all.

Performances of The Marriage of Figaro will run July 10, 14 and 23, at 8:30 p.m.; August 3, 10, 14, 18, 21, 24, and 27, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $181 to $234 and are now on sale by calling 505-586-5900, or via the website.

The season continues with the world premiere of The Lord of Cries, by John Corigliano and Mark Adamo. This exciting new work is a juxtaposition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Bacchae by Euripides. The result is a searing account that points to the monster inside ourselves, not society. This world premiere production is led by director James Darrah who has created a dream-like realm that will frighten and excite.

Performances of The Lord of Cries will run July 17, 21, and 30, at 8:30 p.m.; August 5, 11, and 17, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $85 to $234 and are now on sale by calling 505-586-5900, or via the website.

Next up is a new reimagining of Eugene Onegin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous lyrical drama based on Pushkin’s famous novel. Potent emotion and sweeping drama take the stage as Tatyana’s confession of love is rejected by Onegin who, a little too late, realizes his mistake. Tchaikovsky’s lush melodies create the intense drama of one of Pushkin’s greatest stories and the opera’s nostalgic theme of what was, what was not, and what could have been.

Performances of Eugene Onegin will run July 24 and 28, at 8:30 p.m.; August 6, 12, 20, and 26, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $85 to $234 and are now on sale by calling 505-586-5900, or via the website.

The season ends with the premiere of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a new co-production with Garsington Opera. Mismatched lovers, a group of actors, fairies and their King and Queen are in the forest. Paths cross, so do lovers, and in the end, all’s well that ends well. With an eye toward the original Shakespeare and leaning upon traditional “stage magic,” this is a production not to be missed!

Performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run July 31, at 8:30 p.m.; August 4, 13, 19, and 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $85 to $234 and are now on sale by calling 505-586-5900, or via the website.

In celebration of the 2021 Reopening Season, the Santa Fe Opera is proud to reinstate special discounts on tickets for students, seniors, active military, and New Mexico residents. First-time ticket buyers from New Mexico can receive 40% off a pair of tickets, allowing community members to experience opera for as little as $25 per person. Students, seniors, and active military will receive a 50% discount on day-of performance tickets. Call 505-586-5900 for more information.

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