Wednesday Jun 12, 2013
Desiree Mays, an unparalleled guide to the Santa Fe Opera, talks about her latest non-fiction effort.
Mays' 15th edition of the opera guide covers "five productions planned bythe Santa Fe Opera for the 2013 season, with the theme of 'Love Is...OperaStyle.' Love is Rossini sailing on a Scottish lake with a HighlandChieftain's Daughter, Love is That which Dare not Speak its Name, Love isa Duchess who makes very bad life choices, Love is short of time for aConsumptive Courtesan, Love is Mozart, philandering Counts, and LivelyLadies. Mays discusses all the vicissitudes of the love entanglements ofthis summer's Santa Fe Opera season. Nightly speaker at the Opera, Desiréetells the tales, discusses the sources, and plays music from the operas inher own inimitable style."
The five 2013 operas planned for Santa Fe are "La Donna del Lago" (TheLady of the Lake)by Rossini, "The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein" byOffenbach, the world premiere of "Oscar" by Theodore Morrison, "LaTraviata" by Verdi, and "The Marriage of Figaro" by Mozart.
Born in Ireland, Mays moved to London to become a opera ballet dancer as ayoung woman. She eventually came to the States where she gradually becameimmersed in the world of opera from the other side of the footlights. Sheis a globetrotter for opera; she lectures both live and on radio acrossthe States, she writes books on the subject, she takes groups of peopleworld-wide in search of that perfect opera. Her summers are spent at homein Santa Fe, where she has been the resident speaker and storyteller forThe Santa Fe Opera since 1995.
Winters find Mays lecturing coast to coast from the Metropolitan Opera inNew York to the Los Angeles Opera in California. She has spoken to WagnerSocieties in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, and Dallas and was thelead speaker for the Kirov Ring in Orange County in 2006. She hosted tworadio shows: "Our Arts" in Salt Lake City where she co-produced theaward-winning series "Life is a Creative Process." She also produced andinterviewed arts personalities on "CenterStage" for KSFR 101.1 in SantaFe. Currently she produces "Yoga Moments" for KSFR. She holds a Masters ofArts degree in the Humanites from the University of Utah. She taught aclass there and at the University of New Mexico entitled "What is Opera."