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Santa Fe Opera: Shoes For The Santo Niño Dec. 1-2

on November 12, 2017 - 6:24am
The Santa Fe Opera and National Hispanic Cultural Center celebrate the holiday season with the return of Shoes for the Santo Niño Dec. 1-2. Courtesy/SFO
SFO News:
ALBUQUERQUE ― The Santa Fe Opera and National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) are celebrating the holiday season with the return of Shoes for the Santo Niño, an opera for all ages that will take place in the Center's Albuquerque Journal Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday.
All tickets are $7, and are available from the Center's Box Office, at 505.724.4771, or at
Shoes for the Santo Niño is the story of Julianita, the youngest of eleven children, who slips out of her home one evening to take a pair of "practical" shoes that she has made to the Santo Niño de Atocha. When she enters the church, the Santo Niño and other saints come to life, and Julianita is whisked off into an evening of mystery, magic, and miracles.
This joyous piece by the Santa Fe Opera depicts the important role of the Santo Niño de Atocha as part of the traditional cultural fabric of northern New Mexico in both Hispanic and Native American families. The tale of Julianita and the Santo Niño, passed down from generation to generation, is adapted from the charming children's story by New Mexico native Peggy Pond Church.  The Santo Niño is known as an advocate for healing, primarily of children, and many believe that he wears the shoes left by pilgrims who visit his shrines to walk abroad and heal sick children while they sleep.
The opera was composed by Stephen Paulus, with libretto by Andrea Fellows Walters, Director of Education & Community Programs for the Santa Fe Opera. Mezzo-soprano Sarah Coit and baritone Jorge Espino, who were Apprentice Singers with The Santa Fe Opera this past summer, will sing the principal roles.
Santa Fe Opera Chorus Master Susanne Sheston is music director and conductor, Carmen Florez Mansi is chorus master, and Kathleen Clawson, Assistant Director of the Opera's Apprentice Program for Singers, is stage director. Production design is by Brian J. Bustos, and stage management by Laurel Wiley.