Throughout the month of June the Taos Opera Institute is holding events around town. They started at Sabroso, have already performed in Taos Ski Valley and in the garden at the Fechin Museum, and tonight (June 10) they will perform on the patio of the former Common Fire at the Quail Ridge, now Aly's.

When we last caught up with Alyson Hyder, Aly's was situated in a cart in Taos Ski Valley with another in the works.

Well things move quickly in this New Zealand transplant's life, and she now has an outpost (or flagship) at the Quail Ridge Tennis Spa, and tonight's the perfect time to experience this great new addition to the north side.

We dropped in on Aly's at the Quail Ridge last weekend and were delighted by the charmingly appointed space, the delicious food and efficient, friendly staff. One orders inside and the food is brought to the table.

From the Kiwi inspired bacon and egg (and other, assorted pies and quiches) to fail-safe breakfast burritos, with salads, gyros and other global tastes thrown in for good measure - it's simple, fresh, nourishing and unpretentious food, perfect for a poolside brunch or lunch. There are plenty vegan and vegetarian options and lots of gluten free pies too - and now dinner on Monday and Tuesday, with occasional entertainment to boot!

Hyder (who at one time managed, and is a crack website builder), is responsible for TOI's website, hence they added this performance at her eponymously named patio tonight.

The Taos Opera Institute was established by Mary Jane Johnson and Linda Poetschke in 2007 as a four-week comprehensive program designed to bridge the gap between academia and apprenticeships for emerging vocal artists. Johnson's international performing career included a longtime relationship with the Santa Fe Opera. She and Poetschke, a recognized college vocal educator and performer, created TOI's philosophy that focuses on integrating and improving technique, physical well-being, and artistry.

Twenty-eight outstanding opera singers from across the country are chosen each year to participate in the Institute, which is housed in the Taos Ski Valley. In addition to technical training, students receive physical conditioning, individual coaching and numerous opportunities for performance.

Tonight might be the night to enjoy the singers beneath the stars, with a plate of Coq Au Vin to accompany them! Visit for more information.

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