"Santa Fe's objectives are distinctly American, and by making opera more compelling and more relevant, it has changed the map of musical America..."

                     Phillip Huscher
                     The Santa Fe Opera
                    
 An American Pioneer


The Repertory

Commissioned Works

Repertory
Carlisle Floyd
Wuthering Heights, 1958
Luciano Berio
Opera, 1970
George Rochberg
The Confidence Man, 1982
John Eaton
The Tempest, 1985
David Lang
Modern Painters, 1995
Tobias Picker
Emmeline, 1996
Peter Lieberson
Ashoka's Dream, 1997
Bright Sheng
Madame Mao, 2003
Paul Moravec
The Letter, 2009
Theodore Morrison
Oscar, 2013

World Premieres

Marvin David Levy
The Tower, 1957

Heitor Villa-Lobos 

Yerma, 1971

Lewis Spratlan
Life is a Dream, 2010

American Premieres

Richard Strauss
Capriccio, 1958, (1966, 1993)
Paul Hindemith
News of the Day, 1961, (1981)
Igor Stravinsky
Persephone, 1961, (1962,1968)
Alban Berg
Lulu, Acts I and II, 1963, (1964, 1974)
Richard Strauss
Daphne, 1964, (1981, 1996)
Hans Werner Henze
The Stag King, 1965
Dmitri Shostakovitch
The Nose, 1965, (1987)
Hans Werner Henze
Boulevard Solitude, 1967
Paul Hindemith
Cardillac, 1967
Hans Werner Henze
The Bassarids, 1968
Arnold Schoenberg
Die Jakobsleiter, 1968, (1980)
Gian Carlo Menotti
Help, Help, The Globolinks, 1969, (1970)
Krzystof Penderecki
The Devils of Loudon, 1969
Albert Reimann
Melusine, 1972
Benjamin Britten
Owen Wingrave, 1973
Pier Francesco Cavalli
L'Egisto, 1974, (1976)
Leos Janacek
The Cunning Little Vixen, 1975
Nino Rota
The Italian Straw Hat, 1977
Stephen Oliver
The Duchess of Malfi, 1978
Alban Berg
Lulu, with Act III, 1979
Arnold Schoenberg
Von Heute auf Morgen, 1980
Richard Strauss
Die Liebe der Danae, 1982, (1985)
Pier Francesco Cavalli
L'Orione, 1983
Hans Werner Henze
We Come to the River, 1984
Richard Strauss
Intermezzo, 1984, (1994, 2003)
Alexander von Zemlinsky
The Florentine Tragedy, 1984
Hans Werner Henze
The English Cat, 1985
Aulis Sallinen
The King Goes Forth to France, 1986
Richard Strauss
The Egyptian Helen, 1986, (2001)
Krzyztof Penderecki
The Black Mask, 1988
Richard Strauss
Friedenstag, 1988
Judith Weir
A Night at the Chinese Opera, 1989
Siegfried Matthus
Judith, 1990
Wolfgang Rihm
Oedipus, 1991
Hans-Jurgen von Bose
The Sorrows of Young Werther, 1992
Kurt Weill
The Protaganist, 1993
The Tsar Has His Picture Taken, 1993
Judith Weir
Blond Eckbert, 1994
Ingvar Lindholm
A Dream Play, 1998
Hans Werner Henze
Venus and Adonis, 2000
Kaija Saariaho
L'amour de loin, 2002
Thomas Adès
The Tempest, 2006
Tan Dun
Tea: A Mirror of Soul, 2007
Kaija Saariaho
Adriana Mater, 2008

Repertory List by Composer

Thomas Adès
The Tempest, 2006 (American Premiere)
Vincenzo Bellini
La sonnambula, 2004
Alban Berg
Lulu, Acts I & II, 1963 (American Premiere), 1964, 1974
Lulu, with Act III, 1979 (American Premiere)
Wozzeck, 1966, 2001, 2011
Luciano Berio
Opera, 1970
Hector Berlioz
Beatrice and Benedict, 1998, 2004
Georges Bizet
Carmen, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1975, 1999, 2006
The Pearl Fishers, 2012
Marc Blitzstein
Regina, 1959
Hans-Jürgen von Bose
The Sorrows of Young Werther, 1992 (American Premiere)
Benjamin Britten
Albert Herring, 2010
Billy Budd, 2008
Noah's Flood, 1996, 1999
Owen Wingrave, 1973 (American Premiere)
Peter Grimes, 2005
The Turn of the Screw, 1983
Pier Francesco Cavalli
La Calisto, 1989
L'Egisto, 1974 (American Premiere), 1976
L'Orione, 1983 (American Premiere)
Domenico Cimarosa
Il Matrimonio segreto, 1984
Claude Debussy
Pelléas et Mélisande, 1972, 1977
Gaetano Donizetti
Anna Bolena, 1959, 1970
Don Pasquale, 1983
The Elixir of Love, 1968, 2009
Lucia di Lammermoor, 1965, 1979, 2001
John Eaton
The Tempest, 1985
Manuel de Falla
La Vida Breve, 1975
Carlisle Floyd
Wuthering Heights, 1958
John Gay
The Beggar's Opera, 1992, 2000 (Showcase Production)
Umberto Giordano
Fedora, 1977
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Alceste, 2009
Orfeo ed Euridice, 1990
Osvaldo Golijov
Ainadmar, 2005
Charles Gounod
Faust, 2011
George Friderick Handel
Agrippina, 2004
Ariodante, 1987
Semele, 1997
Radamisto, 2008
Xerxes, 1993
Hans Werner Henze
The Bassarids, 1968 (American Premiere)
Boulevard Solitude, 1967 (American Premiere)
The English Cat, 1985 (American Premiere)
The Stag King, 1965 (American Premiere)
Venus and Adonis, 2000 (American Premiere)
We Come to the River, 1984 (American Premiere)
Paul Hindemith
Cardillac, 1967 (American Premiere)
News of the Day, 1961 (American Premiere), 1981
Arthur Honneger
Joan of Arc at the Stake, 1962, 1963
Leos Janácek
The Cunning Little Vixen, 1975 (American Premiere)
Kátya Kabanová, 2003
Emmerich Kálmán
Countess Maritza, 1995, 1999
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Violanta, 1984
David Lang
Modern Painters, 1995
Franz Lehár
The Merry Widow, 1973
Marvin David Levy
The Tower, 1957
Ingvar Lidholm
A Dream Play, 1998 (American Premiere)
Peter Lieberson
Ashoka's Dream, 1997
Jules Massenet
Chérubin, 1989
Cinderella, 2006
Siegfried Matthus
Judith, 1990 (American Premiere)
Gian-Carlo Menotti
Help! Help! The Globolinks, 1969 (American Premiere), 1970
The Last Savage, 2011
Claudio Monteverdi
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, 1986
Douglas Moore
The Ballad of Baby Doe, 1961
Theodore Morrison
Oscar, 2013 (World Premiere)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Abduction from the Seraglio, 1959, 1994
La clemenza di Tito, 2002
Così fan tutte, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1969, 1975, 1977, 1988, 1990, 1997, 2003, 2007
Don Giovanni, 1963, 1966, 1972, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2009
Idomeneo, 1999
Lucio Silla, 2005
The Magic Flute, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1993, 1998, 2006, 2010
Mitridate, 2001
The Marriage of Figaro, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1995, 2000, 2008, 2013
Jacques Offenbach
La Belle Helene, 2003
The Grand Duchess of Gérolstein, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1979, 2013
Orpheus in the Underworld, 1983, 1985
The Tales of Hoffmann, 2010
Stephen Oliver
The Duchess of Malfi, 1978 (American Premiere)
Krzysztof Penderecki
The Black Mask, 1988 (American Premiere)
The Devils of Loudun, 1969 (American Premiere)
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
La Serva Padrona, 1957
Tobias Picker
Emmeline, 1996
Francis Poulenc
Dialogues of the Carmelites, 1966, 1999
Giacomo Puccini
La Bohème, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1973, 1974, 1981, 1990, 1993, 2007, 2011
La Fanciulla del West, 1991, 1995
Gianni Schicchi, 1960, 1964
Madame Butterfly, 1957, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1972, 1987, 1996, 1998, 2010
Tosca, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1969, 1978, 1994, 2012
Turandot, 2005
Jean-Phillippe Rameau
Platée, 2007
Maurice Ravel
L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, 1963, 1964, 1973, 1975
Aribert Reimann
Melusine, 1972 (American Premiere)
Wolfgang Rihm
Oedipus, 1991 (American Premiere)
George Rochberg
The Confidence Man, 1982
Gioachino Rossini
The Barber of Seville, 1957, 1959, 1965, 1967, 1981, 1994, 2005
Cinderella, 1958, 1960, 1966
Count Ory, 1978
La Donna del Lago, 2013
Ermione, 2000
The Italian Girl in Algiers, 2002
Maometto II, 2012
Nino Rota
The Italian Straw Hat, 1977 (American Premiere)
Kaija Saariaho
L'Amour de loin, 2002 (American Premiere)
Adriana Mater, 2008 (American Premiere)
Aulis Sallinen
The King Goes Forth To France, 1986 (American Premiere)
Arnold Schoenberg
Erwartung, 1980
Die Jakobsleiter, 1968 (American Premiere), 1980
Von Heute auf Morgen, 1980 (American Premiere)
Bright Sheng
Madame Mao, 2003 (World Premiere)
Dmitri Shostakovich
The Nose, 1965 (American Premiere), 1987
Lewis Spratlan
Life is a Dream, 2010
Johann Strauss
Die Fledermaus, 1959, 1963, 1982, 1986,1988, 1992
Richard Strauss
Arabella, 1965, 1983, 1997
Ariadne auf Naxos, 1957, 1990, 1999
Capriccio, 1958 (American Premiere), 1966, 1993
Daphne, 1964 (American Premiere), 1981, 1996, 2007
The Egyptian Helen, 1986 (American Premiere/Vienna Version), 2001
Elektra, 1980, 2000
Feuersnot, 1988
Friedenstag, 1988 (American Premiere)
Intermezzo, 1984 (American Premiere), 1994, 2003
Die Liebe der Danae, 1982 (American Premiere), 1985
Der Rosenkavalier, 1961, 1963, 1968, 1989, 1992
Salome, 1962, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1995, 1998, 2006
Die schweigsame Frau, 1987, 1991
Igor Stravinsky
Mavra, 1962
Oedipus Rex, 1960, 1961, 1962
Perséphone, 1961 (American Premiere), 1962, 1968
The Rake's Progress, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1981, 1996
Renard, 1962
Le Rossignol, 1962, 1963, 1969, 1970, 1973
Arthur Sullivan
The Gondoliers, 1960
H.M.S. Pinafore, 2001 (Showcase Production)
Pirates of Penzance, 2002 (Showcase Production)
Karol Szymanowski
King Roger, 2012
Tan Dun
Tea: A Mirror of Soul, 2007 (American Premiere)
Peter Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin, 1978, 1980, 2002
Ambroise Thomas
Mignon, 1982
Virgil Thomson
The Mother of Us All, 1976
Giuseppe Verdi
Don Carlos, 1971
Falstaff, 1958, 1975, 1977, 2001, 2008
Rigoletto, 1964, 1966, 2000
Simon Boccanegra, 2004
La Traviata, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1980, 1989, 1991, 1997, 2002, 2009, 2013
Heitor Villa-Lobos
Yerma, 1971 (World Premiere)
Antonio Vivaldi
Griselda, 2011
Richard Wagner
The Flying Dutchman, 1971, 1973, 1988
Kurt Weill
The Protagonist, 1993 (American Premiere)
The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken, 1993 (American Premiere)
Judith Weir
A Night at the Chinese Opera, 1989 (American Premiere)
Blond Eckbert, 1994 (American Premiere)
Alexander von Zemlinsky
A Florentine Tragedy, 1984 (American Premiere)

Repertory Summary

  • 155 operas
  • 13 World Premieres
  • 44 American Premieres