Taos Opera Institute recently completed its 12th season marked by all-time highs in both attendance and contributions - all made possible by the generous Taos community.The idea of an institute based …
Taos Opera Institute recently completed its 12th season marked by all-time highs in both attendance and contributions - all made possible by the generous Taos community.
The idea of an institute based in the Taos Ski Valley providing intensive training to aspiring vocal artists was launched in 2007. The concept of combining voice lessons, coaching and performance has proven to be extremely beneficial for the students, but most of all for Taos.
The Taos Opera Festival performed 16 free concerts in June in various venues allowing ample opportunities for everyone to "try out" opera. And, this year, with our Cantos de Taos group of professional singers - the Moipei triplets - audiences enjoyed a variety of musical styles from gospel, African, Broadway, pop as well as classic opera arias.
TOI could not present these concerts without the participation of our audiences and the hosts of our various venues including the Taos Ski Valley, First Presbyterian Church, Taos Retirement Village, Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, several restaurants and a private home. Audiences were larger than previous years and the festival moved to some new locations to accommodate larger crowds.
Taos has a magical spirit that infects our young artists and faculty on many levels. TOI has added another element to the wonderful fabric of music and art that makes Taos unique. We're enthusiastic about our future and look forward to your continued participation and support. Thank you, Taos!
Kandace Nachtrab is a Taos County resident since 2010 and president of the Taos Opera Institute Board and Taos Center for the Arts Board.
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