Opera returns to open-air desert theater with diverse cast


              The Santa Fe Opera is seen Friday, June 18, 2021, outside Santa Fe, N.M. The Santa Fe Opera is back at its open-air theater in the high desert of New Mexico. The first performance over the weekend included an unmasked cast and a masked audience. State restrictions on performances and crowds lifted last month, but the opera house is still playing it safe. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)
            
              An opera attendee gets cucumber water during intermission at the opening show of the Santa Fe Opera on Saturday, July 10, 2021, in Santa Fe, N.M. The first performance over the weekend included an unmasked cast and a masked audience. State restrictions on performances and crowds lifted last month, but the opera house is still playing it safe. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)
            Workers prepare the Santa Fe Opera for its first shows of the pandemic on Friday, June 18, 2021, outside Santa Fe, N.M. The first performance over the weekend included an unmasked cast and a masked audience. State restrictions on performances and crowds lifted last month, but the opera house is still playing it safe. The performance of "The Marriage of Figaro" was sold out, with some seats empty for distancing. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio) Stagehands stretch and do pushups behind the Santa Fe Opera ahead of its first shows of the pandemic on Friday, June 18, 2021, outside Santa Fe, N.M. The first performance over the weekend included an unmasked cast and a masked audience. State restrictions on performances and crowds lifted last month, but the opera house is still playing it safe. The performance of "The Marriage of Figaro" was sold out, with some seats empty for distancing. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio) Workers prepare the Santa Fe Opera for its first shows of the pandemic on Friday, June 18, 2021, outside Santa Fe, N.M. The Santa Fe Opera is running its first show since the pandemic began, in a venue uniquely suited for virus safety, the performance space is outdoors, albeit covered by a roof. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio) A performer sings the national anthem the Santa Fe Opera for its first show of the pandemic on Saturday, July 10, 2021, in Santa Fe, N.M. The first performance over the weekend included an unmasked cast and a masked audience. State restrictions on performances and crowds lifted last month, but the opera house is still playing it safe. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio) Opera fan Linda McDonald-Hummingbird, talks ahead of opening night in parking lot of the Santa Fe Opera is seen on Saturday, July 10, 2021, outside Santa Fe, N.M. The Santa Fe Opera is running its first show since the pandemic began, in a venue uniquely suited for virus safety: the performance space is outdoors, albeit covered by a roof. The pre-show "tailgate" drew hundreds of people and many glasses of champagne (The Marriage of Figaro), must go on. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio) Opera singers rehearse a scene from Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) at the Santa Fe Opera for its first show of the pandemic on Friday, June 18, 2021, outside Santa Fe, N.M. The first performance over the weekend included an unmasked cast and a masked audience. State restrictions on performances and crowds lifted last month, but the opera house is still playing it safe. The performance of "The Marriage of Figaro" was sold out, with some seats empty for distancing.  (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio) People walk toward the entrance of the Santa Fe Opera on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Santa Fe Opera is running its first show since the pandemic began, in a venue uniquely suited for virus safety: the performance space is outdoors, albeit covered by a roof. Staff concerns over safety, international visa snags for performers and masked rehearsals have been a barrier but the show, Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), must go on. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)