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From The Santa Fe Opera, Key Change is a series exploring the commission and creation of new operas and their connection to our industry, our communities, and our future. Will we fail? Will we succeed? What if we keep imagining? These and other questions guide us through the ups and downs of this new collaborative initiative called Opera for All Voices. Co-hosted by Andrea Fellows Walters and Brandon Neal.

Jun 5, 2019

"There's a multi-layered contract from creator to interpreter to audience, and everybody has to actively participate to make a work come to life." ~Laura Kaminsky, composer of Hometown to the World

One of the hallmarks of the Opera for All Voices commissioning process is workshopping the new operas with a team of...


May 29, 2019

"Relationships are infrastructure." ~Andrea Fellows Walters

Of the 100 busiest conductors in classical music only for are female. A list of the 150 composers whose work is most often performed includes only one woman, and women comprise approximately 35% of soloists in opera. Of the 10 productions on the list of the...


May 22, 2019

"There is no distinction between art and life. Art is the way we express life and life is the way we express art. " ~Diana Solomon-Glover, librettist

Fannie Lou Hamer rose from humble beginnings in the Mississippi Delta to become one of the most important, passionate and powerful voices of the civil and voting rights...


May 15, 2019

"Every single thing in the world is made of stories, and the story creates the moral energy of the universe where the question of right and wrong you learned from a story. 

And in this period, particularly when we're living in a world so polarized and people are so extreme and so vicious in their reaction to stuff, you...


May 8, 2019

"The more we get to know one another through our stories, the closer we come together as a community, as a nation, as a world... and as you start to dissect many operas, you're really telling the story of the delicacy and strength of the human condition." ~Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez

We invited some of our...