July 23, 2016
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Death-Mark’d Love on Opera Hill

SFO’s Shakespearean 'liebestod'

Opera To begin with, make the vital distinction between great operas and grand opéra. The former? A critical judgment. The latter? A stylistic definition.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 John Stege

Delivering Da Don

Mozart’s go-to-hell opus

Opera Want a cutting-edge, new-fangled take on Mozart’s Don Giovanni? Check out a few recent notorieties: the crazily dysfunctional family in Dmitri Tcherniakov’s version, seen first at Aix in 2010.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 John Stege

Pistol-Packin’ Minnie

Hellooooo, Ragazzi!

Opera When’s the last time you heard “Oh, doo-da-day” sung in an opera house?

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 John Stege

Darling, You Don’t Look 60

Santa Fe Opera hits a big milestone

Opera It was 1957, just Elvis and Ike and me. I’d made my Metropolitan Opera debut a year earlier (Aida: Ethiopian captive). Now—a bitter July night during the Santa Fe Opera’s risky-ambitious debut season, sev...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 John Stege

A Nifty Fifty-Ninth

A five-star summer

Opera The collective shoulder of the Santa Fe Opera, closing down its 59th season on Saturday, Aug. 29, has borne a few heavy crosses this summer.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 John Stege

A Magic Mountain

That’s anything but cold

Opera Perched on its hill north of town, the Santa Fe Opera doesn’t shy away from nouveau.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 John Stege

Infinite Finto

Mozart’s troubled school for lovers

Opera Forget Mozart—for now. Instead, be diverted with thoughts of Jerome Kern. Of Oscar Hammerstein II.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 John Stege

Salome Agonistes

Featuring tête de prophète vinaigrette

Opera Those three affable Princes of Serendip, patron saints of fortuitous coincidence, made their presence known here last week in a cheer-inducing pair of oddly complementary theatrical events.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 John Stege

Voices, Voices, Voices

This Rigoletto’s a contender

Opera Recent music venues here in the City Diff have been promoting those darn melodic earworms that do not go gently.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 John Stege

Napoleonic Tomfoolery

Getting regimented at the Opera

Opera Welcome, friends, to Cloud-cuckoo Land. No, stop. That’s that dead Greek guy. Um—Never-never Land? Uh-uh. The late Mr. Barrie dreamed that one up. How about Topsy-turvey-dom? Getting warmer, but no cigar.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 John Stege
 
 

Trump Paints Dark Picture

Morning Word The Republican nominee declares himself the country's savior. ... More

July 22, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr

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