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Musical Hunters

Hochman and Orion Prove Their Musical Worth

Theater & Stage Reviews The next time you’re waiting for things to happen in St. Francis Auditorium, courtesy of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, glance up at those three microphone lines elegantly looped and dangled above t...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 John Stege

the sound of the infinite

The Chamber Music Festival covers the spectrum of classical sounds.

Theater & Stage Reviews Noon-time chamber music concerts are a very good thing. They’re relatively informal, they’re untroubled by intermissions, and they set the audience free in plenty of time for a lovely lunch. The mus...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008 John Stege

A World of Music

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival leaves the ears full

Theater & Stage Reviews A chamber music program such as the one opening the current season in St. Francis Auditorium could never have happened in 1973. For one thing, this year’s opener alone required 14 artists—the total ...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 John Stege

Mother's little helper

Adriana Mater makes the opera a family affair

Theater & Stage Reviews People will say, “Oh, so this is a feminist opera, then,” and having provided a neat label feel they’ve settled the matter. Or, again, “Oh, so this is an anti-war opera,” and provi...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 John Stege

Opera, seriously

Get a handle on baroque style.

Theater & Stage Reviews Radamisto, Handel’s first opera seria for London and now on view at the Santa Fe Opera in an eye-filling, neo-baroque staging, was meant to astound audiences. It still does.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 John Stege

HEY THERE, SAILOR

There are no words to mince with Billy Budd

Theater & Stage Reviews The Santa Fe Opera's gleaming new production of Billy Budd justifies Britten’s arduous, hugely rewarding effort on nearly every level. First, there’s Teddy Tahu Rhodes, whose performance in the titl...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 John Stege

STARLIGHT

Big names for a big festival

Theater & Stage Reviews It became mighty clear in my annual pre-festival chat-up with artistic director Marc Neikrug that surprise and contrast play a major role in the way he’s planned many of this season’s Santa Fe Chamb...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 John Stege

FANTASTIC FIGARO

The opera different comes to the City Different.

Theater & Stage Reviews Call it some kind of iridescence if you like, the odd phenomenon that Gerard Manley Hopkins called a “shining from shook foil.” Mozart’s greatest operas have it in spades. You’ll never h...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008 John Stege

REASONS AND BLACKBERRIES

The Verdi Adaption falls short

Theater & Stage Reviews Improve on Shakespeare? Heresy! You gotta be kidding! Well, maybe not quite. Passages of non-Shakespearean doggerel regularly get chopped from stagings of Macbeth. It’s a rare production of Haml

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 John Stege

FAREWELL DEEP VALLEY

Theater & Stage Reviews One of Richard Gaddes’ major projects since assuming the directorship of the Santa Fe Opera in 2000 has been to transform the worn-out image of opera as an exclusive play-pretty for the monied s

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 John Stege
 
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