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True North

Saturday Jun 7, 2014

Santa Fe Opera
301 Opera Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87506

Part of An Operatic Trilogy For Families, in which two couples meet in an airport and share the stories of the lives.

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Family ties

Andrew Lovato and Joshua Dennis in True North
Robert Godwin

The opera might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re planning your next family outing. It makes me think of a bunch of garish characters embroiled in some sort of romantic or vengeful imbroglio—hardly the stuff to keep a fidgety young one engaged, right? But the Santa Fe Opera’s (301 Opera Dr., Santa Fe) An Operatic Trilogy For Families aims to introduce “young people” to the joys of the form. In a trilogy of stories that revolve around a pair of couples, the three separate shows look at opera and creativity as the characters explore music, words and love. Written in the Stars and Avastar introduce the two couples. In the first, Webster and Melody—who represent word and music—debate which form of communication is superior, while Avastar involves a classically trained opera singer and a pop singer who meet and become friends. When they unwittingly enter the same virtual singing competition, they find themselves facing off for the finals. Will the competition ruin their love? And, finally, True North wraps up the charged trilogy as the two couples happen to meet each other while waiting in an airport lounge on their way to New York City. What better place for a happy ending?

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