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By Isabelle Emerson
Special to The PREVIEW
The Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour is on the road — throughout New Mexico and, for the first time, in Pagosa Springs.
The spring tour, the opera’s annual adventure into the southwest landscape, offers an introductory taste of opera to cities as far south as Las Cruces and as far north as Pagosa Springs.
In-school performances present an original piece, “True North,” written especially for the tour. The story was written by Kathleen Clawson and Andrea Fellows Walters. The original music by Fredrick Frahm draws on the styles of musical theater, opera and popular culture.
Sopranos Abigail Mitchell and Rachel Hall, tenor Joshua Dennis and baritone Andrew Lovato, plus music director Kirt Pavitt and tour manager Melissa Sardella make up the tour group.
During the day, April 29, the musicians will work with students at Pagosa Springs High School doing workshops and coaching. In the evening, they will present the performance of “True North” in the high school auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free to the public, but donations at the door will be gratefully accepted and any profits will go to the high school music program.
The spring opera tour has been going on for more than 20 years, performing in cities and towns mainly in New Mexico, through the Santa Fe Opera’s Education and Community Programs. The concert in Pagosa is the tour’s first appearance in Colorado in a number of years.
Whether opera is new to you or whether you are a seasoned lover of it, you will like this passionate and entertaining music. Come enjoy the mix of musical styles and theatrical performance — and share this great opportunity for Pagosa kids (and the rest of us) to experience the fun of musical theater.