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Grand Ole/New Opera

SFO’s 55th season revives and renews

Performing Arts It’s opening night of the Santa Fe Opera's 55th season and the company’s premiere production of—Faust! Well, SFO, what took you so long?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 John Stege

Contemporaneous Celebrations

Wake up and happy birthday, music scene!

Theater & Stage Reviews Santa Fe’s contemporary music scene awakens from semi-hibernation with two important concerts this week. And they’re all about anniversaries.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 John Stege

Right on the Money

SFO and SFCMF wrap up their seasons on high notes

Theater & Stage Reviews When audiences hum happily out of The Crosby Theatre after, say, a jolly evening with Albert Herring, or when they linger cheerily outside St. Francis Auditorium after, say, a rousing reading of Mendelssohn&rsq...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 John Stege

Joy Ride

SFCMF’s season departs with finesse and cheer

Theater & Stage Reviews The music stops, the audience jumps up, claps like mad, bravos crazily, whistles (don’t try this in France) and stomps its collective foot. That’s a standing ovation. That’s what met Yuja Wang...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 John Stege

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
 
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