March 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
SITE Santa Fe
1606 Paseo De Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 989-1199

Public Opening: Free Admission All Day!

SITE Santa Fe presents Bel Canto:

Contemporary Artists Explore Opera, an exhibition that examines themes of race, gender and class within the stories, traditions, architecture, and music of opera. The exhibition features the work of Vasco Araújo, Suzanne Bocanegra, Candida Höfer, William Kentridge, Guillermo Kuitca, Yinka
Shonibare, MBE, Matthias Schaller, and Bill Viola.

Among the works included are a film that provides a post-colonial take on Verdi; large-scale photographs of iconic opera houses that explore the architecture and order of social space; multiple installations that investigate the stories, music, sets and costumes of opera; drawings and collages that abstract opera design; and an installation of a fictional diva’s dressing room that examines gender roles. The first large-scale exhibition of its kind, Bel Canto will engage opera aficionados and novices alike, offering unexpected glimpses behind the scenes and deep into the cultures and histories that have influenced this iconic art form over the years.


Friday, March 15, 2019

SITE Members Opening 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Please join us for the SITE Members Preview and Opening Celebration for “Bel Canto: Contemporary Artists Explore Opera!” This event will include a reception in SITE’s lobby with refreshments, and a first chance to experience our newest exhibition!

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Public Opening 10 am – 5 pm
Enjoy Free Admission all day to celebrate the opening of Bel Canto!

Friday, July 19, 2019
Bel Canto Gala Dinner Celebration 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Featuring the artists of Bel Canto, elegant gala dining in the exhibition galleries, special performances, and an Opera Ball and Dance Party.

Friday, July 19, 2019
Opera Ball & Dance Party 9 pm – Midnight
Join us late at night for an energetic DJ mash-up dance party that starts with classic waltzes and ends with your favorite dance music!

July – August 2019
Collaborative Public Programming between SITE and the Santa Fe Opera.
A few highlights will include: A Dialogue with R. B Schlather, Director of the Santa Fe Opera’s 2019 staging of Così Fan Tutte, A special course for opera novices, Special CHATTER performances, and Opera-inspired Digest This! evenings