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Festival: Santa Fe Opera

Biography
© Kate Russell 2015
© Kate Russell 2015

June 29 - August 24 2018

Every summer since 1957, opera lovers have come from all over the world to enjoy Santa Fe Opera, one of America’s premier summer festivals. A wide-ranging repertory of new, rarely performed, and standard works is presented in a dramatic theater with stunning views of the surrounding northern New Mexico mountains. The fusion of art and nature leaves an enduring impression on all who come. 

Many opera fans arrive early for tailgate parties in the parking lot, the preview buffet dinner on the opera’s magnificent grounds, which includes an informative talk about the evening’s performance, or the prelude talks in Stieren Orchestra Hall, which offer a lively introduction to the evening’s opera and are free to ticket holders.  

The company was founded by the late John Crosby, a young conductor from New York, who envisioned a summer festival that would give singers an alternative to European opera houses, taking his inspiration not from the traditional world of opera, but from the sense of a truly American company in its artistic point of view and its welcoming spirit. At the same time, a program for young singers who were making a transition from academic to professional life, the Apprentice Program for Singers, was begun. As the first of its kind, it has served as a model for other training programs throughout the country. The program has served as a launching point for many prominent opera singers including Joyce DiDonato, Neil Shicoff, Samuel Ramey, James Morris, Brandon Jovanovich, Beth Clayton, Kate Lindsey, and Joyce El-Khoury. In 1965, an apprentice program for theater technicians was added, and it too has become an important training tool, launching the careers of many renowned designers and technicians.  

For full information please visit the Santa Fe Opera site.

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Santa FeCandide

Candide
Bernstein: Candide
Harry Bicket; Laurent Pelly; Santa Fe Opera; Chantal Thomas; Brenda Rae; Alek Shrader

Santa FeMadame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
John Fiore; Matthew Ozawa; Santa Fe Opera; Jean-Marc Puissant; Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Kelly Kaduce; Ana María Martínez

Santa FeDoctor AtomicNew production

Doctor Atomic
Adams: Doctor Atomic
Matthew Aucoin; Peter Sellars; Santa Fe Opera; David Gropman; Julia Bullock; Ryan McKinny; Daniel Okulitch

Santa FeThe Italian Girl in Algiers

The Italian Girl in Algiers
Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)
Corrado Rovaris; Shawna Lucey; Santa Fe Opera; Robert Innes Hopkins; David C. Woolard; Daniela Mack; Jack Swanson

Santa FeAriadne auf NaxosNew production

Ariadne auf Naxos
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
James Gaffigan; Tim Albery; Santa Fe Opera; Tobias Hoheisel; Amanda Echalaz; Bruce Sledge
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Majeski stars in a superb Santa Fe Capriccio

Amanda Majeski (Countess) © Ken Howard | Santa Fe Opera
Maestro Leo Hussain’s translucent rendition of the score made Capriccio the crowning glory of the Santa Fe Opera Season.  
*****
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Santa Fe Opera Stages Puccini's Fanciulla del West

Patricia Racette (Minnie), Gwyn Hughes Jones (Johnson) and ensemble © Ken Howard | Santa Fe Opera
Richard Jones's production of Puccini’s Western opera La fanciulla del West is well sung, but fails to tap in to the Wild West atmosphere of the surroundings.
***11
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A thoughtful Don Giovanni at Santa Fe

Daniel Okilitch (Don Giovanni) and Solomon Howard (Commendatore) © Ken Howard | Santa Fe Opera
In Ron Daniels' production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Santa Fe Opera, the specter of death and the possibility of judgment is always center stage. 
****1
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Vanessa: a winter storm in Santa Fe's desert

Zach Borichevsky (Anatol) and Erin Wall (Vanessa) © Ken Howard
Samuel Barber's Vanessa, with a libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti, is rarely staged, but Santa Fe makes a tremendous case for the opera. 
*****
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An updated Roméo et Juliette at Santa Fe

Ailyn Pérez (Juliette) © Ken Howard
Santa Fe Opera presented Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette in Stephen Lawless’ mid 19th-century staging, a co-production with Barcelona's Liceu. Before the overture, General Director Charles MacKay came onstage to announce that Stephen Costello was ill and would be replaced by Joshua Guerrero, a graduate of the Los Angeles Opera Young Artist Program.
****1
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