Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Opera's Opening Night.(Journal North)

Byline: Wren Propp Journal Staff Writer

* Friends gather for outdoor feast to kick off season

The gear Andy Spingler needed to make a feast of grilled rosemary chicken for his wife, Linda, on the warm pavement of the Santa Fe Opera parking lot was the same stuff he uses when he goes camping in the Jemez Mountains.

"We had it all together and just took it out of back of the truck," said Spingler, as he fiddled with the tabletop-size gas grill.

A recording of tenor Luciano Pavarotti played for the duo from the cab of their Ford pickup as they enjoyed their first opening night at the Santa Fe Opera on Friday.

"It's great just to watch people," said Linda while sipping wine and sitting in a double camp chair. …

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