MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

The Standard Rep at Santa Fe Opera: Summer 2015

Alex Penda as Salome; photo © Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2015

Alex Penda as Salome; photo © Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2015

Along with my Cold Mountain coverage, here’s the round-up review of three opera productions I wrote for Musical America, in the order in which they impressed me: Salome, Rigoletto, and The Daughter of the Regiment). (Sorry for the paywall, which prevents me from presenting the whole text here.)

SANTA FE — With the world premiere of Cold Mountain and the announcement of a newly commissioned opera about Steve Jobs by Mason Bates, Santa Fe Opera has been in the media spotlight over the past week. The company is also emphasizing its versatility in this summer’s three productions of familiar fare.

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Filed under: directors, Donizetti, review, Richard Strauss, Santa Fe Opera, Verdi

Cold Mountain Almost Reaches the Top

Isabel Leonard (Ada) and Nathan Gunn (Inman); photo by Ken Howard/courtesy of Santa Fe Opera

Isabel Leonard (Ada) and Nathan Gunn (Inman); photo by
Ken Howard/courtesy of Santa Fe Opera

The world premiere of the opera Cold Mountain by composer Jennifer Higdon and librettist Gene Scheer took place this past Saturday at Santa Fe Opera. My review has now been posted on Musical America. I can only give a brief snippet of the review here, which is behind Musical America‘s paywall:

SANTA FE — The event that’s been generating the biggest buzz this summer at Santa Fe Opera is Cold Mountain, which received its world premiere over the weekend. For Jennifer Higdon’s debut opera, set to veteran librettist Gene Scheer’s adaptation of the much-acclaimed Charles Frazier novel, the company has assembled a thrilling cast of principals and a first-rate production team.

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Filed under: Jennifer Higdon, librettists, new opera, review, Santa Fe Opera

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