Opera ambassadors to visit next week

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The Santa Fe Opera’s musical ambassadors are ready to set out on the annual spring tour with stops throughout New Mexico and Texas.

Submitted photo: Santa Fe Opera ambassadors

Soprano Sara Heaton and tenor Joshua Dennis, both former apprentices, along with music director Kirt Pavitt will be in Socorro at the Macey Center for a free performance May 2 at 7:30 p.m. The trio will also provide a student performance in Socorro at 1 p.m.

Students will hear Avastar, an original work written by Kirt Pavitt and stage director Kathleen Clawson especially for the tour as an introduction to opera using contemporary themes.

The 35 minute piece is about a “virtual world” singing competition that the singers have entered and includes selections from opera, Broadway and current popular music. Avastar will also be performed on the first half of the free concerts program.

The Spring Opera Tour has been going on for more than twenty years, performing in cities and towns in New Mexico (and Lubbock and El Paso) for students and families who may not have an opportunity to travel to Santa Fe.

Tech Club Macey is having a Night at the Opera dinner which will be served at 6 p.m. at the Macy Center’s Galena Room. Call 835-5688 for reservations and prices.