Literature

Santa Fe Opera Guide Discussion

Desiree Mays, an unparalleled guide to the Santa Fe Opera, will be at Page One Books at 6pm on Thursday, June 16, to talk about her latest non-fiction effort, Opera Unveiled 2016, which covers this year's Santa Fe Opera season.

Mays' 18th edition of the opera guide covers five productions planned by the Santa Fe Opera for the 2016 season. The stories this year revolve around the theme of love—covering variations such as a young, passionate love that is doomed; surprising, spontaneous sincere love; trusting and romantic love, with unrequited and manipulative love on the side; a mixture of seductive, sensual and selfish love; and capricious love.

The five 2016 operas planned for Santa Fe are Romeo et Juliette by Gounod, Puccani's The Girl of the Golden West, Samuel Barber's Vanessa, Don Giovanni by Mozart and Richard Strauss' Capriccio.

Born in Ireland, Mays moved to London to become a opera ballet dancer as a young woman. She eventually came to the States where she gradually became immersed in the world of opera from the other side of the footlights. She is a globetrotter for opera; she lectures both live and on radio across the States, she writes books on the subject, she takes groups of people world-wide in search of that perfect opera. Her summers are spent at home in Santa Fe, where she has been the resident speaker and storyteller for The Santa Fe Opera since 1995.

Winters find Mays lecturing coast to coast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York to the Los Angeles Opera in California. She has spoken to Wagner Societies in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC and Dallas and was the lead speaker for the Kirov Ring in Orange County in 2006. She hosted two radio shows: "Our Arts" in Salt Lake City where she co-produced the award-winning series "Life is a Creative Process." She also produced and interviewed arts personalities on "CenterStage" for KSFR 101.1 in Santa Fe. Currently she produces "Yoga Moments" for KSFR. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in the Humanites from the University of Utah. She taught a class there and at the University of New Mexico entitled "What is Opera."