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How do we reimagine opera to reflect the current moment? How does the complexity of the art form help us to hold complicated truths? How can present and future leaders in the industry strengthen our understanding of voice, story, and community? Co-hosts Andrea Fellows Fineberg and Anna Garcia from the Santa Fe Opera invite artists, creators, educators, collaborators, and audience together to discuss both what and how opera can be for generations to come. www.santafeopera.org/keychange
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To workshop a new opera in front of an audience is a little like agreeing to a trust fall: at some point, you’ve just got to surrender to the unknown and… trust. Andrea Fellows Fineberg and Anna Garcia return to the orchestral workshop for The Pigeon Keeper, a collaboration between Santa Fe Opera’s Opera For All Voices (OFAV) initiative and the Uni…
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It takes a village - and multiple revisions! - to mount a modern, original opera. Key Change co-hosts Andrea Fellows Fineberg and Anna Garcia journey to an orchestral workshop for The Pigeon Keeper, a first for Opera For All Voices (OFAV)! Imagine a stage filled with an eight-member student orchestra, four principal singers, and a women's chorus. D…
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Cue the lights! It’s time to illuminate a vital yet often invisible component of life at Santa Fe Opera: volunteerism. Key Change co-hosts Andrea Fellows Fineberg and Anna Garcia chatted with Marissa Aurora, Santa Fe Opera’s volunteer liaison, on her first anniversary in the role. And what a year it’s been! Marissa, a multi-discipline artist and ra…
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What does an award-winning, multi-disciplinary artist, dynamic educator, and former Sweet Potato do for an encore? She brings that boundless energy and collaborative spirit to her new Santa Fe Opera role, fueled by a deep passion for opera and music education. Co-hosts Andrea Fellows Fineberg and Anna Garcia roll out a virtual red carpet welcome fo…
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We're taking an Opera For All Voices-adjacent excursion to the realm of wiggly kiddos, innovative teachers, and fresh vocabulary words, highlighting the power of playful arts integration. Join Key Change co-hosts Andrea Fellows Fineberg and Anna Garcia with special guest Charles Gamble, Santa Fe Opera's Director Of School Programs, as they introduc…
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It’s all systems go for season five of Key Change! But before we commence with the anniversary celebrations, co-hosts Andrea Fellows Fineberg and Anna Garcia dust off the time machine for a whirlwind tour of seasons past. Think of this episode as part process evaluation––an appraisal of Opera For All Voices (OFAV), the Santa Fe Opera initiative com…
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It's season 5! This season, we're inviting you, our favorite listeners, on a journey through time and space -- traveling back in time to the origins of Key Change and Opera For All Voices and forward into the future of boundless possibilities. This spring, Andrea Fellows Feinberg and Anna Garcia take you through through the community engagement por…
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Seven years ago, Santa Fe Opera started a conversation that would reverberate throughout American Opera, shaping this celebrated art form into something more reflective of the world in which it's created. Today, Opera For All Voices (OFAV) commissions have surpassed even our wildest storytelling expectations. Key Change co-hosts Andrea Fellows Fine…
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Roadtrip! After many long months of necessary virtual collaboration, the creative team behind The Pigeon Keeper, a Santa Fe Opera Opera For All Voices (OFAV) commission, finally got to spread their wings for an emotional workshop in San Francisco. Key Change co-hosts Andrea Fellows Fineberg and Anna Garcia discover what it was like to have everyone…
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If a chorus of 12 teens can provide compelling commentary on immigration enforcement from the stage of a venerable performing arts center in Santa Fe, how might ten times that number of voices impact the debate? From a Broadway venue that has welcomed some of the twentieth century’s most influential social justice visionaries? Key Change co-hosts A…
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What do you know about the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer? Chances are, not much. That's about to change. Co-hosts Andrea Fellows Fineberg and Anna Garcia dust off the Key Change time machine for a trip back through time and place to the real-life inspiration for This Little Light of Mine (TLLoM), the modern operatic masterpiece commissioned b…
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It’s October 28, 2022. As a brisk, still night settles over Santa Fe, things are heating up inside The Lensic Performing Arts Center. Longtime opera patrons mingle alongside never opera goers. Soon, the curtain will rise on This Little Light of Mine (TLLoM), a modern operatic masterpiece composed by Chandler Carter with libretto by Diana Solomon-Gl…
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Why are we so afraid of getting older? The truth is that most people are happier the older they get, but our culture is focused on triggering all our fears about the worst possibilities. And most of us don’t even realize how much we’re buying into ageist ideas and language. Ashton Applewhite is a leader in the growing movement to raise awareness of…
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By now we all really understand that sitting back and watching isn’t going to create the world we want to live in. But sometimes we don’t know how to get started and how to effectively fight for change. Today’s guest, Eileen Flanagan, traces her activist awakening to the years she spent as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana during apartheid, but i…
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Whether a T-shirt costs $5 or $100, it can take 100 human hands to make it. Most of those are the hands of women who probably aren’t being paid a fair wage and often are working long hours in often unsafe conditions. When we’re stocking our closets or grabbing a cute new top on sale, we don’t think much about the true costs of our choices. In this …
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If you’re unfamiliar with Santa Fe Opera’s Pueblo Opera Program (POP), take a quick journey back in time for part one of this conversation. Go ahead; we’ll wait. In it, you’ll meet Renee Roybal and Claudene A. Martinez, both members of Pueblo of San Ildefonso. The pair recall the early days of POP and the formation of the Pueblo Opera Cultural Coun…
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All aboard the Key Change time machine for a two-part trip! On this half of the journey, we toggle back to the origins of a beloved community-based program and then forward to celebrate its exciting expansion. 2023 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Pueblo Opera Program, lovingly known around the Santa Fe Opera as POP. Key Change commemorates th…
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Hurry up and wait. When your world premier is stopped in its tracks by forces beyond your control, “momentum” is measured a bit differently. Andrea Fellows Fineberg chats with composer David Hanlon and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann, the creative duo behind The Pigeon Keeper, about maintaining artistic progress during the pandemic, the limits of …
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You’ve heard of main character energy? Well, get ready for youth chorus energy! Andrea Fellows-Fineberg connects with an optimistic, pragmatic, and empathetic mindset courtesy of the youth chorus members who participated in the December 2021 world premiere of Opera For All Voices’ Hometown To The World. Their insights and post-performance emotion s…
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When an initiative is called Opera For All Voices, who’s the “all”? Key Change Season Four examines OFAV’s burgeoning legacy of co-creating new operatic works through a community-centric lens, beginning with an OG favorite, Hometown To The World. Host Andrea Fellows-Fineberg revisits the production with core members of its artistic team, young perf…
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Opera. Change is in the air. These are the stories of Opera For All Voices, its continuing mission to seek out more voices, to explore other ways of sharing story, to boldly go where opera has yet to get. In January of 2016, we started a conversation with opera companies across the country about how to create nimble new works that would resonate mo…
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What would a pro sports league look like if the athletes made the decisions? In this episode, pro volleyball player Cassidy Lichtman talks about coming out of retirement to play with Athletes Unlimited. Launched in 2020, Athletes Unlimited is a network of women’s pro volleyball, basketball, softball and lacrosse leagues where the players run the sh…
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Are you ready to make a change in your life? Or are you ready to make a transition? If you think they're the same thing, you're not alone. But understanding the difference is a crucial first step if what you're longing for is a transformational shift in your life.After achieving a major milestone in her own career, Linda Rossetti found herself cons…
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When Bronx native Ivelyse Andino witnessed the inequities in the healthcare system firsthand, she did something radical. Andino gathered neighbors around her kitchen table to talk about their experiences. Those conversations became a cornerstone of the company she soon launched to transform healthcare for underserved communities. Radical Health--th…
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Sharon Prince, CEO and Founder of Grace Farms, has fulfilled an ambitious vision to build both a foundation with an interdisciplinary humanitarian mission and an intentionally-designed space that embodies hope and peace. Housed in the sinuous, innovative River building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa o…
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Small Business Saturday is coming up on Nov. 27, reminding us to do some of our holiday shopping at small companies and the local businesses that keep our communities vibrant and create jobs. But what more can we do? In Northern California, six grassroots organizations have come together to create an innovative model to fund and support small busin…
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Instead of asking people you meet to help with your career or business, what if you asked what you can do for them? That shift is key to building connections that not only support your success but bring more meaning to your life--something we’re all looking for more than ever. Susan McPherson has put all she’s learned as a serial connector and soci…
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Lindsay McCormick had one of those business ideas that make you instantly ask: why didn’t someone think of that before? Lindsay was a TV producer when she began thinking about all the landfill waste we make when we toss out toothpaste tubes. Soon she was talking to dentists, learning about chemistry, and mixing up ingredients at home to create the …
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The power of storytelling is indisputable, but who is--and isn’t--telling those stories shapes our world far more than how much we simply enjoy a film or book. Bridgit Antoinette Evans and Tracy Van Slyke are leaders in building a more inclusive Hollywood and creating cultural change through storytelling in all its forms. In 2016, they founded the …
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At its heart, Hometown To The World is a simple story of hope set amongst the emotionally complicated aftermath of a 2008 Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in Postville, IA––the largest ever in US history. It’s fitting, then, that host Andrea Fellows-Fineberg and her guest Chorus Master Carmen Flórez-Mansi close out this season of Key Change…
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In our divisive world, it can seem that values such as love and compassion are slipping further away. But during these turbulent times we need one another more than ever. Today's guest, Scarlett Lewis, faced the unthinkable when her son, Jesse, was killed in his first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary. Rather than letting anger and grief def…
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Jaime Schmidt started Schmidt’s Naturals in her kitchen and in only seven years scaled it to an acquisition by Unilever. Now Jaime is empowering other entrepreneurs through her inclusive investment firm, Color, and Supermaker, a media company that celebrates inclusive and disruptive independent brands. Her book, Supermaker: Crafting Business on You…
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To appreciate the life and legacy of civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer is to speak truth to power and unite in song. In June of 2021, Opera For All Voices did just that, hosting an online workshop of This Little Light Of Mine, the one-act opera commissioned by Santa Fe Opera, composed by Chandler Carter with a libretto by Diana Solomon-Glover, in …
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When you name an initiative Opera For All Voices (OFAV), it better have the “all voices” to back that claim up! In the first of a series of guest-hosted episodes, Andrea passes the mic to the remarkable young talents making Is This America? their own. But before she does, Andrea reminds listeners of what OFAV is all about: telling stories for our t…
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What did God decided to do when human beings just won't leave Him alone? Here is a short story for you to reflect and introspect about. Or just if you like listening to stories. #self #God #psychology #selfempowerment #internallyblissful #bliss #lookwithin #spiritual #spiritualgrowth #storytime #stories #uwlpodcast #utopianwayoflife…
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"When people talk about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that's art." ~Jeri Lynne Johnson Near the end of last year’s contentious presidential campaign, opera and activism joined forces on the deck of a moored oil tanker to ask audiences how does democracy function and for whom does it function? In the wake of that election, artists’ re…
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How do artists lend their talents in support of social change when they’re literally and figuratively stifled by a global pandemic? They do as voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer did in 1964: they find a way to make their voices heard. Andrea Fellows Fineberg takes listeners on a short trip with maximum impact. Travel back to the autumn of 2020…
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Immigration. Racism. Religion. Some themes are ever present in our society. In this episode, Key Change host Andrea Fellows Fineberg puts the time machine through its paces, capturing the artistic evolution that brought one of the first Opera for All Voices commissions to the stage...sort of. With wrenching plot twists worthy of La Traviata and mor…
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We are born alone (unless ofcourse you are twins, triplets, or quadruplets and so on!) and we die alone. But often many of us are very fearful of being alone on the journey that we call life. How can spending time with yourself impact your life? Does it give you more power of choice when you are comfortable walking the path alone? Is loneliness and…
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A hummingbird, a beatboxer, and a sweet potato walk into a theatre… We should probably mention the bees, the dog, the squirrel, the baby pigeons, and a few woodpeckers, too. These are some of the creatures that inhabit the magical garden community of Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun, and in 2019, they lit up the stage performing opera in Santa Fe, New Me…
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Key Change is back for Season 3! Hold on… Some things have changed around here; some things have changed everywhere. What happens when a global pandemic upends your well-crafted plans? How does art respond within the confines of social distancing? Where’s Brandon?! Don’t worry, all will be revealed. To better understand where Opera for All Voices (…
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It doesn't seem that long ago, and yet... Remember when we used to gather in a theater with hundreds of other people to see a live show? Remember how that felt? The excitement? The anticipation? In this Season 3 trailer, we listen back to comments from our expectant audience recorded minutes before the world premiere of our first Opera for All Voic…
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It's the Holiday Season!!!!! Families are together, there is love, happiness and warmth in the air, despite the cold weather of December 🥶!!!! Here is an episode to help you cope with Holiday Stress (being around family is not always easy😁). In the second half we bid adieu to 2020 and welcome the year Twenty-Twenty One!!! Merry Christmas and Happy …
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For opera to remain vibrant, its stories must reflect a multitude of experiences, and its productions must adapt to unconventional spaces. Both characteristics were in full effect on October 10, 2020, when OFAV (Opera for All Voices), in association with PortSide New York, staged a performance of Is This America? on the deck of an oil tanker docked…
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Most often it is easier to look out and find reasons for our failure, sadness, and a mediocre life. It is not until we start looking in, can we start to tackle problems at their root and bring about the change in our lives which we have been longing for so long. Birth to death is a journey which all of us will complete. So destination is not a prob…
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