This week, New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with Charles MacKay, the outgoing general director of the Santa Fe Opera. Although he became the general director in 2008, the opera has been part of his life since he saw his first opera there as a young boy in the 1960s. MacKay talks about his work with the opera and where he is headed next.

New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest.

Hosted by Gene Grant, New Mexico in Focus takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education and arts issues and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment."

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the problem of homelessness on the streets of Albuquerque and debate how New Mexico will best allocate its budget surplus. They also look at polls and predictions regarding New Mexico’s gubernatorial race.

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during Pledge Drives.

Studio Guests
Charles MacKay, Santa Fe Opera’s outgoing general director

Line Panelists
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Justine Fox-Young, former state representative
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Stephanie Maez, executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico

Megan Kamerick

Gene Grant

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus with associate producer Kathy Wimmer. NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

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