There’s no opera more freighted with audience expectations, performance stereotypes, and 19th-century cultural encrustations than Carmen. With its female director/designer team and the singers portraying Carmen and Micaëla, the viewpoint for SFO's production is very much a story of today.
Gioachino Rossini and Cesare Sterbini made audiences laugh when their Barber of Seville premiered in Rome in 1816. In Santa Fe in 2022, Italian speakers are few and far between, so the composer and librettist get help from the five-person team that creates the English and Spanish titles for all Santa Fe Opera productions.
Impress your friends, neighbors, and even complete strangers with your opera knowledge by learning just 15 German words relating to Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. It opens at the Santa Fe Opera in a month, so that's just one word every two days.
Two of the pieces — Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka and Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo — are new to the company, and two — Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and Claude Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande — return to the repertory after long absences.