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No Frills Flute

SFO singers flourish among few effects.

Theater & Stage Reviews Some wags were calling it Crosby’s curse—that super-colossal opening-night thunderstorm at the Santa Fe Opera.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 John Stege

Honest to Butterfly

SFO’s Madama Butterfly eschews its romanticized history

Theater & Stage Reviews If you hadn’t noticed, “The operas of Strauss and Puccini are false through and through.” This willfully intemperate statement appeared in Joseph Kerman’s must-read Opera as Drama, first...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 John Stege

Opera View

Take a seat for SFO’s upcoming season

Theater & Stage Reviews Any interview with the Santa Fe Opera's John Crosby, founder and general director until his retirement in 2000, tended to be an Event. Press shy, Crosby didn't much like playing interviewee. The odd smile might...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 John Stege

Double Time

SFNM and SFO give us two shows in which we trust

Theater & Stage Reviews Two compelling concerts in eight short daystake note of this really, really big finale to Santa Fe New Musics 2009- 2010 season thats winding up this week. Numero uno: a 4 pm program on June 1...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 John Stege

In the House

A Santa Fe landmark sparks musical heights.

Theater & Stage Reviews Sure. I know. High noon on a hot June Sunday may not shout “concert time” to Santa Fe chamber music mavens. Except, maybe, this coming Sunday when at noon, June 13, cool St. Francis Auditorium hos...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 John Stege

So Long, Farewell

SFR says adieu to a Santa Fe Opera and Chamber Music season full of talent

Theater & Stage Reviews Go ahead. Call the just-concluding season at the Santa Fe Opera the summer of the three (in alphabetical order!) divas: that would be Christine Brewer, Natalie Dessay and Patricia Racette. So why not call the j...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 John Stege

Chambered Rounds

Viga-rattling clarinet? It’s true.

Theater & Stage Reviews Samuel Johnson’s remark about Paradise Lost—“None ever wished it longer than it is”—came to mind twice at the Aug. 10 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival concert in St. Francis Auditor...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 John Stege

Quintets Abound

Forego the full orchestra for five

Theater & Stage Reviews So far this summer we’ve heard quintets in various configurations by Claude Debussy, André Caplet, Gunther Schuller, Carl Maria von Weber, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Ludwig van Beethoven, Walter Braunfels...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 John Stege

It's the Music

Director Francisco Negrin forgets the basis of good opera

Theater & Stage Reviews The terms “noble” and “sublime” get tossed about with reference to Alceste. Sometimes that’s code for “slow” and “static.” But given the right conductor and...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 John Stege

A Perfect Debut

Pianist Inon Barnatan presents a riveting performance

Theater & Stage Reviews Inon Barnatan, a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant winner, delivered the goods in one of the most exciting debut recitals Santa Fe has heard in a long while. A glance at the program showed the man meant business: ...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 John Stege
 
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