The Guilds 
 of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc.

  We support the Education and Community Programs of The Santa Fe Opera

   A classic Santa Fe sunset, seen from The Santa Fe Opera looking West towards the Jemez Mountains , July 2011 .   At the Opera, it's magical!





See What You Missed!
Past Events Presented By the Taos Opera Guild

 50 Guild members enjoyed the 2017 TOG 
 Christmas Gala Party!

The guild sponsored three trips to The Santa Fe Opera During in the 2014 Season

Carmen by Bizet on Friday, July 11; The Impresario by Mozart and Le Rossignol  by Stravinsky, a double bill of one act operas on Friday, August 15; and Don Pasquale by Donizetti.  

Fireside Chat, “Opera Buffa” January 24, 2014        

After a cozy fireside supper at the Trading Post in Taos, Nancy Schultz, a Board Member of the Taos Opera Guild presented a lively and informative talk on Italian comic opera.  The talk was free.  Dinner was at the choice and expense of the attendees.  We had over 25 people attend.  Nancy’s talk discussed the development of Italian comic musical performance from its beginning with roving minstrels in the 1400s to the Opera productions of today.

2013 Christmas Gala

This annual fundraiser held at the home of Suzanne and Bob Brock was a demonstration of the creativity and community available in abundance in Taos. Snowfall in Santa Fe caused the cancellation of the entertainment from the Santa Fe Opera just as the guests were arriving. Gala guests Ryan Allias, Taos High School Choir Director, and Vicki Ford, pianist, volunteered to provide an impromptu program which was enjoyed by all.  The Gala was attended by more than 50 guests who, in addition to the musical entertainment, enjoyed food and beverage provided by the members of the Guild Board of Directors. 

Thanks to Bob Silver and Dianne Frost for these articles from our newsletter, “Libretto”.

“Murder Most Foul” A Community Education Event on October 16, 2013

In cooperation with the Millicent Rogers Museum, the Taos Opera Guild hosted a talk by Bill Derbyshire.  About 35 people attended to learn how murder is portrayed in a variety of operas.  Bill incorporated a great deal of recorded music into his material.  Thanks to Marguerite Lambert for planning this event and to Sadie Knight for welcoming and introducing Bill Derbyshire.

Member Brunch

June 2, 2013 was a date to remember. It was the date that TOG members Vicki Ford and Jay Taylor graciously opened their beautiful Taos Country Club home, initially in their absence since prior HOA officer responsibilities had called, for the TOG’s annual spring social gathering. The food, prepared and donated by TOG board members, was its usual “to die for” epitome of creativity and delectability. Indeed, it seemed almost to sing to the diners. The members’ shared love of opera was thought by some to have seasoned the food in some musically mystic manner.

Dress Rehearsal Nights (formerly known as Youth Nights)

For those who may despair as to opera’s appreciation among future generations, one has but to witness the scene at the Taos SuperSave assembly point as youngsters, dressed as if headed for royal coronations, boarded buses waiting to transport them to The Santa Fe Opera for Dress Rehearsal Night. Their manner of dress and the unbounded excitement of these young people suggest a developing love of opera.

Chaired by Board member Arabella Bond, the TOG Dress Rehearsal Night and Group program provided three buses for more than 70 student and adult participants to attend one of three 2013 Santa Fe Opera dress rehearsals (The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, The Marriage of Figaro, or La Traviata). Kudos go to Arabella for chairing a successful program and to community recruiter/supporter extraordinaire Judy Cockburn for a well-attended and enthusiastically received event. It is anticipated that the 2014 program will make an even larger number of free and discounted tickets available to the Taos community.

The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Incorporated
O. Box 2658

 (888) 666-3430, Ext. 100

A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation founded in October 1963 

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