Opera fans may know that there is style of aria called the “list aria.” A list aria is, well, just what it sounds like. For example, in Don Giovanni, Leporello sings “Madamina, il catalogo e questo,” a list of the Don’s many lady loves – of which there are 1003, by the way. In The Mikado, Ko-Ko sings about his “little list,” an inventory of the citizens of Titipu who should be decapitated, including “all people who have flabby hands and irritating laughs.”
Here at The Santa Fe Opera, we’ve composed our own list aria of sorts for the 2012 season. We surveyed various departments to ask them two questions: how much and how many? The results are pretty exhaustive. Or maybe that’s exhausting? Let’s just say we’re looking forward to a long and lazy Labor Day weekend!
We pared down the list for the sake of our readers, but here’s a snapshot look at the stats that made the 2012 season so memorable:
At The Crosby Theatre
Mainstage opera performances: 36
Apprentice scenes programs: 2
Susan Graham gala concert: 1
Program books ordered: 53,000
Around Town and at the Ranch
Apprentice community concerts: 2
Apprentice concerts at Rancho Encantado: 3
Apprentice concerts at Vanessie’s: 7
Encore performances of Shoes for the Santo Nino: 2
Adult learning seminars: 2
Wining and Dining
Preview buffet dinners: 35
Preview buffet guests: 5,736
Patron events: approximately 50
Invitations mailed: 2,273
Postage stamps used: 5,000
Flower arrangements ordered: 88
Enough cake, cookies, brownies, lemon squares and berries for 3,025 people (not including preview buffet desserts!)
The Back Deck
Costumes built onsite: 93
Scenic changeovers: 92
Total props for mainstage performances: 1,156
(Props by show: Tosca: 250; The Pearl Fishers: 341; Maometto II: 145; King Roger: 150; Arabella: 270)
Wigs built: 30
Wigs styled: 120
Plywood (all thicknesses): 2000 sheets or almost enough to cover 1.5 acres
Epoxy (and hardener combined): 110 gallons
Carbon fiber and fiberglass fabric combined: over 800 square yards
Steel tubing: over 12,000 linear feet or 2 ¼ miles laid end to end
Total lights focused for mainstage performances: 9,633
(Lights focused by show: Tosca: 3,588; The Pearl Fishers: 2,168; Maometto II: 1,272; King Roger: 1,485; Arabella: 1,120)
Total headcount of company members: 653
Hours donated by volunteers: 18,082 (or 2,260 days, 452 work weeks, 9 work years)
We end our aria with a nod to the people behind the numbers. Artists, staff, Board members, Guild members, volunteers… We could go on, but that would lead to yet another long list. And a special shout-out to our friends and fans in the audience, and all those who contributed to the season in simple, but meaningful ways like attending a backstage tour or liking our Facebook status.
And if you think we left something important off the list, let us know! We’d love to hear from you.
One more crucial statistic: only 300 days until the opening night of the 2013 season!
Costume Director David Burke with one of our terrific volunteers.