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SF Opera’s apprentices get more time on stage

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Audiences in Albuquerque and Santa Fe will have more than one opportunity to hear the Santa Fe Opera’s apprentice singers. This year two concerts will be presented in each city featuring different programs of arias, duets and ensembles from opera and classical works at each performance.

All four concerts take place on Friday evenings at 5:30. In Albuquerque, they are scheduled for July 12 and Aug. 9 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Menaul NE. The Santa Fe concerts will take place on July 19 and Aug. 16 as part of the popular TGIF Series at First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave.

All are free and everyone is welcome. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The apprentice singer program, considered to be one of the finest in the nation, draws singers from all over the world. The apprentices make up the chorus for each of the five operas presented each summer by the Santa Fe Opera, appear in supporting roles and serve as covers for principal roles.

Forty-three singers from the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico were selected for this year’s program. There are nine former apprentices in principal and featured roles in the five mainstage productions including Zachary Nelson as Figaro in “The Marriage of Figaro” who was an apprentice last year.

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