The 2013 Season
"Finding the right mix of repertory is our challenge each year — with a world premiere, a new production of a rare Rossini masterpiece, an Offenbach comedy, classic Mozart and a beloved opera
by Verdi, Santa Fe offers operas for the adventurous and the neophyte. To be sure, beautiful music abounds!" — Charles MacKay, General Director
A Desperate Grand Duchess on the Prowl.
Opera enthusiasts can't wait to see the ebullient mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in the title role of Jacques Offenbach's hilarious The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein. Far from being "a lady of a certain age," this Grand Duchess is a sexy, spoiled aristocrat with an eye for Fritz, a cadet at the local military academy, sung by the dynamic American tenor Paul Appleby. Soprano Anya Matanovič completes the love triangle; Emmanuel Villaume, a noted specialist in French repertory, conducts.
8:30 pm: June 28; July 3, 6, 12, 19
8:00 pm: July 30; August 7, 15, 21, 24
A Seducer Unmasked in a Moonlit Garden.
The Marriage of Figaro is of endless appeal to audiences and scholars alike. It is psychologically insightful and politically daring, yet affirmative in its transcendent depiction of redemptive love – and filled with beautiful music. Fast-rising baritone Zachary Nelson, who riveted audiences as Angelotti in Tosca last summer, sings Figaro alongside exciting debutante Lisette Oropesa and Santa Fe favorites Susanna Phillips, Daniel Okulitch and Keith Jameson. John Nelson conducts.
8:30 pm: June 29; July 5, 10
8:00 pm: August 3, 8, 13, 20, 23
A Mysterious Beauty With a Secret Identity.
La Donna del Lago is Rossini’s most romantic masterpiece. Why is it so infrequently seen? One reason: the formidable demands of the title role. Fortunately, Santa Fe audiences will see it performed by the fabulous mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato — who has earned acclaim for it in world opera capitals including Milan and Paris. Leading bel canto specialist Marianna Pizzolato sings Malcolm, and sought-after coloratura tenor Lawrence Brownlee sings Uberto. Stephen Lord conducts.
8:30 pm: July 13, 17, 26
8:00 pm: August 1, 6, 14
A Doomed Courtesan With One Last Hope.
La Traviata is Verdi's tenderest and most intimately observed depiction of love. But it also reveals the hypocritical realities behind the gorgeous facade of the Parisian demi-mondaine, brilliantly illuminated in this production by stage director and designer Laurent Pelly. Acclaimed soprano Brenda Rae returns to America to sing Violetta opposite the dashing Michael Fabiano as Alfredo. British conductor Leo Hussain conducts.
8:30 pm: July 20, 24
8:00 pm: July 29; August 2, 5, 10, 16, 22
A Literary Genius Who Sacrifices Freedom for Love.
Buzz has been building in anticipation of The Santa Fe Opera's world premiere of Oscar, composer Theodore Morrison's opera based on the life of Oscar Wilde. Working with librettist and Wilde scholar John Cox, Morrison reveals the profoundly human side of the literary genius and aesthete. The charismatic countertenor David Daniels creates the role of Oscar. His friends Walt Whitman and Ada Leverson are sung by Dwayne Croft and Heidi Stober, with William Burden as Wilde’s ally Frank Harris. Evan Rogister, who spellbound with his leadership of King Roger last season, conducts.
8:30 pm: July 27
8:00 pm: July 31; August 9, 12, 17
The “Stars of Tomorrow” perform these two evenings of fully staged opera scenes. Reserved seat prices are $21 for adults and $7 for children ages 6 to 17.
8:00 pm: August 11, 18