LAHS Alum Paul Horpedahl Shares Santa Fe Opera Experience With Technical Theater Classes – Los Alamos Reporter

Paul Horpedahl and Ryan Daly at a recent presentation for Technical Theater lessons. Photo courtesy LAPS Foundation


The Technical Theater classes at Los Alamos High School were recently visited by former Santa Fe Opera Production and Facilities Manager Paul Horpedahl, who shared footage of productions from their past seasons. Paul graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1975.

In addition to discussing production work at the Santa Fe Opera, Paul also spoke to the lighting class about LED technology and its impact on theater productions. He also spent the morning with Duane Smith Auditorium Manager Ryan Daly figuring out what type of LED lighting equipment would best meet the needs of productions on that stage.

Paul’s career spans over 40 years, mostly in opera. In addition to his 33 seasons with Santa Fe, he has worked at the Juiliard School, San Francisco Opera and the Skylight Opera Theater. Since leaving Santa Fe in 2019, he has consulted with a number of opera companies from coast to coast and held executive positions at Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Washington Ballet and the Washington National. Opera at the Kennedy Center, where he is currently Acting Director of the Art Department. and production operations.

Paul is also currently working with LAHS Alum Jock Mills on a campaign to name the auditorium stage Duane Smith for Olions founders Ross and Lola Ramsey. Their “Light the Stage for The Ramseys” campaign aims to name the stage, donate lighting equipment to backstage operations, and ultimately fund a scholarship based on participation, in part, in the Olions program. The fund has a lead gift of $20,000 from Peg Watt Larson and her husband, Paul, and is managed by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation with the help of Executive Director Jenny McCumber. For more information on how to get involved with your tax-deductible donation, please contact the Foundation or go to

About the LAPS Foundation

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that helps the local community provides an extraordinary education for Los Alamos students. Los Alamos has donated more than $2 million to fund opportunities that students and teachers otherwise would not have. To learn more about the LAPS Foundation and how to get involved and/or donate, visit or call 505.500.6501. Donations to the LAPS Foundation, a 501(C)(3) organization, are tax deductible.

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