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 favorite storytellers to talk to us about the role of story in opera. They each share their unique perspectives on the big question: Why are we even bothering to tell stories?
Not only that, but also how do we choose the stories we tell; what challenges do we face with diversifying the storytelling landscape; how do we better represent, attract, and reflect broader audiences; and what are the risks of creating new works in opera of creating new works?
In this episode, we are honored to feature interviews with:
Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Storyteller, Historian, CEO and President at Creative Strategies 360°
Paige Hernandez, Performer, Director, Choreographer, Playwright, and Teaching Artist
Carolyn Kuan, Conductor, Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Jim Robinson, Artistic Director, Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Cori Ellison, Dramaturg for the Santa Fe Opera and Opera for All Voices
Judy Chicago, Visual Artist, Author, Educator
Donald Woodman, Photographer
Key Change is a production of The Santa Fe Opera in collaboration with Opera for All Voices.
Produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios
Hosts: Andrea Fellows Walters and Brandon Neal
Audio Engineer: Kabby at Kabby Sound Studios in Santa Fe
Theme music by Rene Orth with Corrie Stallings, mezzo-soprano, and Joe Becktell, cello
Cover art by David Tousley
Special thanks to Shannon Harris for recording our sessions in Chicago
Special music licensing from PodcastMusic.com, curated by Brandon Neal
This podcast is made possible due to the generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
To learn more about Opera for all voices, visit us at SantaFeOpera.org