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Shock Therapy

Wozzeck’s descent into madness is strangely cathartic

Performing Arts Alban Berg wanted us to see his tormented hero Wozzeck from the inside out, and that’s precisely the vision that the Santa Fe Opera’s revival of its hallucinatory 2001 production provides.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 John Stege

Four Score

Four quartets hone Chamber Music Festival’s creative focus

Performing Arts Among the 35 or so programs the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival mounts this summer, we’d have to count four quartets. Nope, not Tom Stearns Eliot’s wartime sequence. We’re talking four string ...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 John Stege

Comedic Justice

Hyperbole and humor revive The Last Savage

Performing Arts Well, finally, the curse that’s been following Gian Carlo Menotti’s 1963 “grand opera buffa,” The Last Savage, has been lifted. Just take a look at the Santa Fe Opera’s glitterin...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 John Stege

Elements of Style

Chamber Music Festival delivers in parts, but not whole

Performing Arts A concert program doesn’t just invent itself. Somebody has to visualize the thing and put it out there. Some programs stick with a single composer. Some take the thematic or nationalistic route, or just g...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 John Stege

The Good Wife

Peter Sellars’ Griselda elevates an archetype

Performing Arts Simone Weil wrote in 1943, the last year of her life, that “at the center of the human heart is the longing for an absolute good, a longing which is always there and is never appeased by any object in thi...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 John Stege

Chamber of Secrets

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival goes modern

Performing Arts “I’ve never been interested in running after audiences.” That’s the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s artistic director, Marc Neikrug, commenting last week on 2011’s festival...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 John Stege

Passionless in Paris

SFO’s La bohme lacks the richness of poverty

Performing Arts Director Paul Curran’s La bohme, a plain vanilla, no-frills presentation, doesn’t exactly disappoint. Unlike his exciting Britten stagings, it just sort of sits there.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 John Stege

Devil in the Details

SFO’s grand, dazzling production of Faust has it all

Performing Arts While there may be plenty of excuses to head up the hill for the Santa Fe Opera’s gobsmacking new production of Gounod's Faust, there’s one for-sure reason: the fine-spun Marguerite of Ailyn P&eacut...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 John Stege

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
 
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