The Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe, NM

Summer 2015 - 2017

Journeyman Carpenter, Carpenter Apprentice, Stage Crew

The Santa Fe Opera is a world-class repertory performance venue which produces five operas every summer.  All scenery, costumes, and properties are constructed in-house.  Productions travel from Santa Fe during the off-season to be performed around the world.

Lucia di Lammermoor, 2017 (Carpenter)

The large pivoting walls did the talking in this set.  Construction is steel, pine, foam, and vinyl.


Scenic Design: Riccardo Hernandez

Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind

Costume Design: Emily Rebholz

Lucia di Lammermoor - Photo by Brian Pacelli
The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Mason Bate's & Mark Campbell's The (R)evoluton of Steve Jobs, 2017

A technological milestone in the opera world, motion-tracked projections have found their home on the classical stage.  Backed with an original, futuristic score and book, this production will be talked about for years to come.

Construction is steel, pine, and many composites.

Scenic Design: Victoria "Vita" Tzykun

Costume Design: Paul Carey

Lighting Design: Japhy Weideman

Video Design: 59 Productions

Mirror Unit for Samuel Barber's Vanessa, 2016

A major scenic element for the Opera's fifth production that summer.

All mirror shards were constructed by myself.  Construction is steel, pine, and mirrored plexi.


Scenic Design: Allen Moyer

Mozart’s Don Giovanni, 2016

A major feature of this production was a shiny black deck and walls.  About half the deck was constructed by myself, and I was part of the team that applied black to all pieces.  Construction is pine, steel, corrugated plastic, and Makrolon polycarbonate plastic.

Scenic Design: Riccardo Hernandez

Costume Design: Emily Rebholz

Lighting Design: Marcus Doshi

Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, 2015 (Stage Crew)

Having the most complicated set of the season, Cold Mountain required extra attention and time during load-ins and outs.


Scenic Design: Robert Brill

Lighting Design: Brian Nason

Projection Design: Elaine J. McCarthy

Props for Apprentice Scenes, 2015

Towards the end of the season, apprentices have the opportunity to work on Apprentice Scenes in areas outside their respective department.  I chose to work as a prop carpenter.  Pictured are a cobbler's finishing machine and toy swords.

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