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Opera Plans Exhibit at Los Alamos Library

“Divas and Dresses,” a special exhibition planned for the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos by The Santa Fe Opera opens on Tuesday, November 9.  There will be a special reception from 5:00 to 6:30 hosted by the Los Alamos Opera Guild.  The event is free and open to the public.

Costumes created by some of the world’s leading designers and made especially for the divas who wore them will be on display.  The show also includes a number of large panels that give an overview of The Santa Fe Opera’s colorful history.   Two members of the Opera production staff, Tracy Armagost and Emilee McVey, will be on hand to answer questions.  The show runs until December 30 and is open during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm; Friday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sunday Noon to 5:00 pm.

Each costume was made in the Opera’s costume shop under the watchful eye of director David Burke.  Volunteers and technical apprentices under the supervision of professional sewers cut and sew the gowns that were worn by Susan Graham, Anna Christy, Patricia Racette, Natalie Dessay, Ana Maria Martinez, Susanna Phillips and Constance Hauman. 
The Santa Fe Opera has long been considered one of the country’s leading summer festivals, attracting opera lovers from all fifty states and abroad.  The principles as set forth by its founder John Crosby more than fifty years ago, still guide the Company.  He envisioned an ensemble company where young apprentice singers and technicians would learn their craft from experienced artists and the creative teams of directors, set and costume designers.  Costumes and sets are built on the Opera’s premises, and are considered among the most beautiful in the operatic world.

Carol Meine is manager of the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery. The address is 2400 Central Avenue, Los Alamos.  Paul Horpedahl, the Opera Production director is in charge of the installation.  He was born and raised in Los Alamos and has been in his current position since 1997.

Contact  Joyce Idema or Cindy Layman at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or the Mesa Public Library. 505 662-8253

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