Opera Southwest is giving New Mexicans a chance to see and hear Gioachino Rossini’s early comedy The Silken Ladder (La Scala di Seta) with an open-air staging at the Albuquerque Museum amphitheater.
Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which opened on Saturday, July 31, is the Santa Fe Opera doing what it does best, presenting an ensemble opera performed with exceptional musical values by a talented young cast in a staging that’s both lively and deeply thoughtful.
To most of us, the stark, arid landscape of northern New Mexico doesn’t look remotely like a perfect setting for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But then, most of us aren’t Netia Jones, the British polymath serving as stage director and designer of the scenery, costumes, and projections for Benjamin Britten’s masterful version of the Shakespeare work at the Santa Fe Opera.
Scholars believe that A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written around 1596, based on topical references in it and textual similarities to its contemporary, Romeo and Juliet.
The tenor Duke Kim, an apprentice artist who is playing Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, moved with his family from their native South Korea to Orange County, California, when he was 14.
A Greek tragedy and a Gothic novel that were both considered so horrifying they should be read only by those with the strongest constitutions underlie the Santa Fe Opera’s 17th world premiere, The Lord of Cries which opened Saturday.
The curtain speech was drowned out by vociferous applause immediately after the words “Welcome to the Santa Fe Opera.”
Pasatiempo speaks with Stage Director Laurie Feldman, Conductor Harry Bicket, and bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee (Figaro) in preparation for the Santa Fe Opera's premiere of The Marriage of Figaro.
This Little Light of Mine tells the story of Fannie Lou Hamer, a Black former sharecropper whose political activism lead to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.
With its small population, New Mexico wasn’t at the top of the list for touring attractions. Nevertheless, by 1908, there were no fewer than 15 opera houses and theaters in the state.
What's Thanksgiving without a little family dysfunction (or a lot)? Since most of us won't be traveling this year or opening our houses to family members and friends, here are some streaming opera performances to fill the void.
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Officials there initially said Santa Fe Opera Artistic Director Alexander Neef wouldn't join the French company until the summer of 2021.
The Metropolitan Opera hosts a ticketed series called Met Stars Live in Concert. Husband-and-wife team Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kursak perform via livestream on Sunday, Aug. 16.
The Magic Flute is a work that presents us with the perfect paradox — a piece that is quite likely the best of all possible introductions to opera for a child or a first-timer, yet one which offers repeated rewards to the most experienced attendees
While none of us can enjoy this season of the Santa Fe Opera in the way we had hoped, it’s still possible to explore the planned 2020 operas with SFO @ Home, Pasatiemp…
How did Richard Strauss orchestrate such a "brilliantly conceived" opera, as Sir Mark Elder once wrote about Salome? We break down the first page of the score for you.
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