Events in the Community

​Films, Concerts, Panel Discussions & More

Please view the list below, in chronological order, of all Santa Fe Opera events occurring in communities across New Mexico. You are encouraged to check back often as new events are always being added. 

SPRING TOUr, Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun

*** It is with disappointment that we announce the postponement of our Spring Tour of Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun. The circumstances around COVID-19 compel us to take all precautionary measures to prevent its spread. We hope very much that there will be a future opportunity to share this wonderfully imaginative production with New Mexico audiences. ***

Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun, by composer Augusta Read Thomas and librettist Leslie Dunton-Downer, follows the galactic mishaps caused by the title character, Sweet Potato, and a journey to set things back on course. Featuring a cast that includes beatbox artist Nicole Paris, this work explores opera’s ability to intersect with other art forms, while also offering contemporary storytelling for today’s audiences. 

Creative Team

Composer: Augusta Read Thomas
Librettist: Leslie Dunton-Downer
Music Director: Robert Tweten
Stage Director: John de los Santos
Scenic Design: Liliana Duque Piñeiro
Costume Design: Ashley Soliman
Lighting/Projection Design: Noele Stollmack



Sweet Potato: Amy Owens
Special Guest Artist: Nicole Paris
89: Dominik Belavy
Grandfather Beekeeper/Grandmother Seed-Keeper: Hannah McDermott
The Actor: Dawn Lura

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The Singer and Technical Apprentices of Santa Fe Opera take center stage for two evenings of fully-staged opera scenes. From Mozart to Verdi to Wagner, these “operatic samplers” are perfect for both the opera lover and the opera novice!

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