opera and chorus
Open your heart to the arias!
The magnificent landscapes and sweet energies of Taos are the perfect backdrop for legends of the stage and legends in the making. At almost any time of the year, an operatic or choral performance will add a rich patina to your Taos experience.
Taos Opera Institute
The institute was established in 2007 by Mary Jane Johnson and Linda Poetschke as a bridge between academia and apprenticeships for the emerging vocal artist. The four week program in Taos Ski Valley focuses on all the competition and interpersonal skills required of the operatic performer, as well as a broad range of physical activities and life coaching sessions. As part of this training, live audience performances are a critical component in honing vocal and presentation skills. Each year, Taos reaps the benefit through a series of concerts throughout the month of June. These are held in a variety of interesting locations throughout Taos Ski Valley and the Taos area; most performances begin at 7PM.
Pictured, TOI founders Mary Jane and Linda at an institute gathering.
Live from the MET in HD at TCA
In December of 2006, under the leadership of Peter Gelb and Maestro James Levine, New York’s Metropolitan Opera launched a series of initiatives to broaden its audience internationally, the most notable was transmitting opera live in high definition to movie theaters around the world. To revitalize the company’s repertory, the Met has presented modern masterpieces alongside classic repertory. Taos Center for the Arts is proud to host these highly acclaimed productions locally. The season runs October through April annually, with a hiatus during the summer months, and occaisional encore performances.
Taos Community Auditorium. Saturday performances beginning at either 10 or 11am. Lengths of performances vary.
Pictured, Joyce DiDonato in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda
Taos Community Chorus
This is a long-standing group founded in 1978. They relish the joy of singing together, making beautiful music, and bringing quality choral musical concerts to the community. The chorus performs choral music in many genres including works from cultures around the world, opera, sacred, spirituals, jazz, contemporary and traditional choral works.
The chorus performing at Guadalupe Church during the holidays.