The Santa Fe Opera and New Mexico PBS (NMPBS) will soon present “From Page To Stage,” an original iCOLORES! series on the making of John Corigliano and Mark Adamo’s new opera The Lord of Cries. The series offers an inside, multi-part view on the creative forces behind the Santa Fe Opera’s 17th world premiere.
The new series will begin July 10 and the opera opening is on July 17, as part of the Santa Fe Opera’s 64th Festival Season.
Viewers will be introduced to Santa Fe Opera General Director Robert K. Meya, composer John Corigliano, librettist Mark Adamo, director James Darrah, costume designer Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, soprano Susanna Phillips, Santa Fe Opera production director Chelsea Antrim Dennis, and other creative luminaries on NMPBS's groundbreaking, award-winning iCOLORES! program.
“From Page to Stage” chronicles the collaborative process of opera-making and finishes with the safe and successful reopening of one of America's longest-running opera festivals through talks with these major creators and exclusive rehearsal and performance video.
“The Santa Fe Opera is delighted to embark on this exciting new series with NMPBS. For over 60 years the Santa Fe Opera has been committed to playing a significant role in New Mexico’s vibrant arts and culture landscape by presenting performances of the highest quality of new, rarely performed, and standard works,” said General Director Robert K. Meya. “From Page to Stage truly has something for everyone and we are grateful for this opportunity and the incredible partnership of NMPBS in telling our story. We are so excited to invite opera fans and newcomers behind the scenes at the Santa Fe Opera.”
The seven-episode “From Page to Stage” series will air weekly on NMPBS channel 5.1 at 4 p.m. MDT from July 10 through August 21, and will be streamed at nmpbs.org, santafeopera.org, and via the PBS Video App. Each episode will be replayed on NMPBS channel 5.4 at 8 p.m. MDT on the Friday following its premiere and will be accessible for on-demand watching via the Santa Fe Opera's social media outlets.
Furthermore, the Santa Fe Opera and NMPBS have created a series of lengthy online vignettes with renowned tenor George Shirley, who provides a historical background with comments on Santa Fe Opera founder John Crosby, composer Igor Stravinsky, the Santa Fe Opera performance experience, and the necessity of producing and presenting new works.
“From Page to Stage” marks the first collaboration of its kind between the Santa Fe Opera and New Mexico PBS.
“For over 60 years New Mexico PBS has presented the best of the Southwest’s arts, history, music and culture to the communities of New Mexico and the nation. While historically NMPBS and its award-winning ¡COLORES! series have told numerous stories highlighting the Santa Fe Opera, with this new multi-part series, we have the luxury of focusing solely on one opera,” noted Franz Joachim, NMPBS general manager and CEO. “We feel that exploring the myriad of creative elements that go into bringing a final production to an audience is the next step in a cultural progression. NMPBS is proud to partner with the Santa Fe Opera in this new endeavor and looks forward to sharing it with communities across New Mexico and the nation.”
“The Lord of Cries” by composer John Corigliano and librettist Mark Adamo, is based on the intriguing points of intersection between two classics of Western literature, “The Bacchae of Euripides” and “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. Separated by 24 centuries, the stories tell virtually the same timeless story, with the same subversive message: We must honor our animal nature lest it turn monstrous and destroy us.