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Toscissima

Opening night performance of Tosca thrills and excites

Performing Arts If the great Austro-American film director and actor Erich von Stroheim famously became known as the man you love to hate, Puccini’s Tosca, opening the Santa Fe Opera’s 56th season last Friday, ma

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 John Stege

To Boldly Go

The Santa Fe Opera pushes the envelope with another exciting season

Music Features Believe it: where l’amour is concerned, speak French. Take that sentimental saying, “On revient toujours à son premier amour,” which translates clumsily as, “Your first love—it’s always t

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 John Stege

Risking It, Musically

A quick and dirty rundown on this year’s opera, chamber and new music offerings

Summer Arts Preview My goodness, what doesn’t call itself a festival nowadays? Even delicious celebrations of green chile and barbecue are among my favorite feasts, to be sure, but not necessarily festivals in the, ahem, traditi...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 John Stege

Operatic Endtime

SFO’s imaginative local flavor is a wrap...until next year

Performing Arts “Only in New Mexico.” That’s the motto emblazoned on the cover of the Santa Fe Opera’s 2011 season brochure.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 John Stege

Exit Festival

Chamber Music Festival enjoys artistic (and financial) success

Performing Arts Walking up the aisle at the Lensic Performing Arts Center during intermission at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s last concert of the season on Aug. 22, I heard startled comments everywhere: “W...

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 John Stege

Autumnal Hymn

Chamber Music Festival boldly heralds the season

Performing Arts Believe it: Summer’s on the wane. The kids are back in school; cottonwood leaves are falling into the Acequia Madre; and when you read this, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s 39th season will be...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 John Stege

Youth and Beauty

Young chamber musicians add flair to technical skill

Performing Arts When Gyorgy Sándor thundered through Schumann’s “Carnaval” in Alamogordo’s public school auditorium a few decades ago, a little kid in the audience fell tumultuously in love with ...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 John Stege

Putting on "Ayre"

Chamber Music Festival explores genre-busting territory

Performing Arts A couple of years ago, a high-ranking local impresario opined that the Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov, after a promising career start, had gone commercial and sold out to mere popular taste.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 John Stege

Shock Therapy

Wozzeck’s descent into madness is strangely cathartic

Performing Arts Alban Berg wanted us to see his tormented hero Wozzeck from the inside out, and that’s precisely the vision that the Santa Fe Opera’s revival of its hallucinatory 2001 production provides.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 John Stege

Four Score

Four quartets hone Chamber Music Festival’s creative focus

Performing Arts Among the 35 or so programs the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival mounts this summer, we’d have to count four quartets. Nope, not Tom Stearns Eliot’s wartime sequence. We’re talking four string ...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 John Stege
 
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