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Battle Royal

SFCMF’s season is full of co-commissions and world premieres

Theater & Stage Reviews Cagey, brilliant composer-critic Virgil Thomson commented, “Criticism joins the history of its art only when it joins battle, for or against, with the music of its time.” Well, opportunities galore ...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 John Stege

Any Haydn Sunday

SFCMF has gotten bigger and better-dressed

Theater & Stage Reviews Ever since the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s first season, those Sunday-evening concerts have been special. Back in 1973, six Sunday-evening programs were it, period, for festivalgoers. As time passed...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 John Stege

Das Musik

SFCMF’s exceptions are as good as the rule

Theater & Stage Reviews “Chamber music” can be an evasive term. Definitions tend to be slippery. Strict constructionists exclude the solo piano. Goodbye, too, to many of Mozart’s serenades and divertimenti; they&rsqu...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 John Stege

Well-Fed Herring

Albert Herring is stuffed to the gills with good cheer

Theater & Stage Reviews Comic opera hasn’t thrived over the last several dismal decades. Composers prefer to work the dark side. But fast-backward to July 1947 and the premieres of two comic survivors: Poulenc’s Les Mamell...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 John Stege

Do It for Dvorák

Amid a mixed week, a trio takes the lead.

Theater & Stage Reviews A touch of glamour opened the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s 38th season at St. Francis Auditorium last week, personified in Susan Graham, the festival’s first artist-in-residence, and Jake Heggi...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 John Stege

Thank Heaven

SFO persists to take risks, thanks to its new-music policy

Theater & Stage Reviews If the Santa Fe Opera ever gets to heaven, and it surely shall, one of the reasons will be its obstinate policy of producing—grandly and expensively—new, challenging, important and sometimes awful o...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 John Stege

Hell is Other Operas

SFO’s Hoffmann delivers a devilishly good spectacle

Theater & Stage Reviews If you’re feeling bewitched, bothered and bewildered when you come away from the Santa Fe Opera’s astonishing new production of Jacques Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, don’t wor...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 John Stege

Lucky 13

The odds look good for SFCMF’s 13th season

Theater & Stage Reviews A lucky 13th on the horizon? That might be Marc Neikrug’s upcoming 13th season as artistic director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, a role he’s filled since 1998

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 John Stege

No Frills Flute

SFO singers flourish among few effects.

Theater & Stage Reviews Some wags were calling it Crosby’s curse—that super-colossal opening-night thunderstorm at the Santa Fe Opera.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 John Stege

Honest to Butterfly

SFO’s Madama Butterfly eschews its romanticized history

Theater & Stage Reviews If you hadn’t noticed, “The operas of Strauss and Puccini are false through and through.” This willfully intemperate statement appeared in Joseph Kerman’s must-read Opera as Drama, first...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 John Stege
 
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