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    The 2014 Season


    • 2014 Carmen Med


      "...brilliantly directed." –

      What makes Carmen the world’s most popular opera? Simple: It sizzles. Carmen is an archetypal love story of irresistible dramatic sweep, a meditation on fate and freedom, and an unforgettable portrait of the definitive femme fatale. But most of all, it is music: the highest expression of Bizet’s genius, a trove of melodies that capture all the sun and sensuality of Carmen herself. The international cast for this Carmen comes to Santa Fe from many countries. Argentinian Daniela Mack (6/27-7/18) and Ana María Martínez from Puerto Rico (7/28-8/23) share the title role. Don José, Roberto De Biasio, has catapulted to the forefront of romantic tenors in only seven years since his debut in Bergamo, Italy. The swaggering toreador Escamillo is sung by the bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas, praised as “utterly charismatic, physically and vocally” (The Guardian) in this role. The exciting young Scottish maestro Rory Macdonald conducts. Stephen Lawless, whose imaginative productions of The Elixir of Love (2009) and Faust (2011) captivated audiences, will direct.

      Note: portrays mature subject matter

      8:30 pm June 27; July 2, 5, 11, 18
      8:00 pm July 28; August 2, 6, 11, 16, 18, 20, 23

    • 2014 Don Pasquale Med

      Don Pasquale

      "...embellished with wordly wit [and] melodic genius."
      –The Santa Fe Reporter

      Norina and Ernesto are young and very much in love, but Don Pasquale, Ernesto’s aging uncle, stands in their way. The road to matrimonial bliss is filled with outlandish pranks and beguiling melodies in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, one of the greatest of all Italian comic operas – a romantic romp with heart. In this ideally cast new production staged by the imaginative Laurent Pelly, the handsome young tenor Alek Shrader, who enchanted Santa Fe audiences in Albert Herring, portrays Ernesto; Brenda Rae, who made her Santa Fe Opera debut last year as Violetta in La Traviata, and Shelley Jackson, our 2nd year apprentice, are sharing the role of Norina. The eminent British baritone Andrew Shore, a great singer with comic flair who is remembered for his 2001 Santa Fe Falstaff, sings the title role. Corrado Rovaris, who led Donizetti’s very popular Elixir of Love in 2009, returns to conduct.

      8:30 pm June 28; July 4, 9,
      8:00 pm July 29; August 4, 9, 13, 19, 22

    • 2014 Fidelio Medium_NEW


      "...staged with care and thought, not to be missed."
      –The Los Alamos Monitor

      For the true meaning of heroism expressed in some of the noblest music ever composed, look to Fidelio. Beethoven’s only opera is a testament to the human spirit and a test of musical skill and endurance, posing magnificent challenges for soloists, chorus and orchestra. The story is of the unjustly imprisoned Florestan and his steadfast wife Leonore, who secretly battles a corrupt political regime to win his release. Fidelio finds the super-hero in all of us. Returning to Santa Fe to sing Leonore in this production is the soprano Alex Penda (formerly Alexandrina Pendatchanska), who impressed in our productions of Rossini’s Ermione (2000) and Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (2002) – and also earned two Grammy nominations in 2006. The tenor Paul Groves, who sang Gualtiero in our 2011 Griselda and the title role in our 2010 production of The Tales of Hoffmann, portrays Florestan. Stephen Wadsworth, who directed King Roger in 2012, returns to mount this production. On the podium, Harry Bicket leads his first production as Santa Fe’s new Chief Conductor.

      8:30 pm July 12, 16, 25,
      8:00 pm July 31; August 5, 12, 21

    • 2014 Double Bill Med

      The Impresario & Le Rossignol

      "...coalesce into a smart, inventively synchronized entity."
      –The New Mexican

      For the first time since 1993, The Santa Fe Opera presents two shorter operas paired as a double bill.

      Divas vie for a plum role while a producer struggles to cope with their rivalry and with the stresses of work in the music business. That’s the scenario of Mozart’s brief, witty opera The Impresario, but it could also be a news story in tomorrow’s issue of The Hollywood Reporter. In these ingeniously framed productions, the stars’ rivalry centers on casting for Stravinsky’s exquisite one-act opera Le Rossignol, which forms the second half of a perfectly balanced double-bill. With English dialogue by the British dramatist Ranjit Bolt and additional Mozart concert arias folded into the score, The Impresario takes us to 1920s Paris for the high-stress auditions. With the same cast, Le Rossignol enfolds us in Hans Christian Andersen’s poetic fable in which an emperor learns the lesson of humility. Sopranos Erin Morley and Brenda Rae face off as the dueling divas. Making his Company debut is English stage director, Michael Gieleta. Kenneth Montgomery will conduct. This production of Le Rossignol honors the centennial of the opera’s premiere in Paris in 1914.

      8:30 pm July 19, 23
      8:00 pm August 1, 7, 15

    • 2014 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Med (final)

      Dr. Sun Yat-sen

      "...characterized by a strong dramatic bent and a great sense of pacing. Moments of driving rhythm...alternate with passages of intense lyricism..."
      –The New York Times

      One of the most enthralling historical operas, Dr. Sun Yat-sen by the distinguished Chinese-born American composer Huang Ruo makes its American premiere. Charles MacKay calls Ruo “one of the most gifted and imaginative composers writing today,” whose music has galvanized critics and audiences internationally with its thrilling blend of Eastern, Western, folk and classical styles. Dr. Sun Yat-sen depicts the epic struggle to overthrow China’s ancient monarchy and build a modern national identity for one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The tenor Joseph Dennis sings the title role. The conductor will be the exciting Carolyn Kuan, in demand with opera and ballet companies throughout the world. James Robinson directs.

      8:30 pm July 26
      8:00 pm July 30; August 8, 14

    • 2014 Apprentice Scenes Medium

      Apprentice Showcase Scenes

      The “Stars of Tomorrow” perform these two evenings of fully staged opera scenes. Reserved seat prices are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 22 with a $4 handling fee per ticket.

      8:00 pm: August 10, 17