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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.

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 can't tell anyone anything. But you CAN tell them a story."

~Peter Sellars

Andrea and Brandon had a rare opportunity to sit with stage director, librettist, professor Peter Sellars when he was in Santa Fe for the 2018 production of Doctor Atomic.

This conversation looks deeply at the responsibility and opportunity of operatic storytelling to bring diverse communities with opposing points of view together, to talk publicly about things that cannot easily be discussed, and to shed light on the beauty of things we often miss.


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 music licensing from, curated by Brandon Neal

OFAV Consortium Members:  Lyric Opera for Kansas City, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, San Francisco Opera, Sarasota Opera and Seattle Opera.

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.

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