Join us for the Bohème Smackdown when Mark Tiarks compares and contrasts Leoncavallo’s and Puccini’s versions of the work that will kick off The Santa Fe Opera’s 2019 season. What was happening in the cut-throat Italian opera world during the 1890s? How did audiences react to each composer’s work? How did Puccini’s version come to be a perennial favorite, with Leoncavallo’s rendition now seldom performed? Mr. Tiarks will illustrate his talk with musical examples.

This speaker delighted Santa Fe Opera Guild audiences in the 2017/2018 season with an examination of how opera music was used in aminated cartoons and his presentation about Bernstein’s Candide and West Side Story. His impressive background includes work with The Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. In his multi-faceted role as Director of Planning and Marketing with The Santa Fe Opera, he was responsible for editing the annual program book,
presenting Prelude talks in Stieren Hall, producing community performances featuring the Apprentice Singers, and inaugurating the company’s season preview radio broadcasts.

Santa Fe Women’s Club and Library

1616 Old Pecos Trail

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

5:30 – 7 PM

Tuesday October 9th, 2018