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Going Dutch[ess]

SFO kicks off 57th season with a bang

Arts When Much Ado About Nothing’s dim language-mangler, Constable Dogberry, remarks that “Comparisons are odorous,” he’s probably right...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 John Stege

Make Way for SFO

Fifty-seven never looked this good

Arts Forget about the Three Tenors. Or the Three Mo’ Tenors. Or the Three Uzbeki Tenors. Or any of those copycat triumvirates...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 John Stege

She Will Sing

The Santa Fe Opera and Chamber Music Festival rev up new offerings

Summer Arts Preview Steady on, Santa Fe. Summer’s nearly here, bringing world-class music festivals, out-there programming and, uh-oh, potential cultural overload.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 John Stege

That’s All, Folks!

SFO and SFCMF bid adieu for the season

Performing Arts The acequia running nearby shows a few yellow leaves; too cool for breakfast outside today; the overgrown garden needs a firm hand. Summer is slowing and the summer music scene is finito. An imaginary curtain...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 John Stege

Tonal Voice

Schoenberg dominates Chamber Music Festival’s final weeks

Performing Arts Take note, please, of a preliminary event at last Sunday’s Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival concert: the sight of a large, black-clad man being tugged through the crowded lobby at the Lensic by a small girl....

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 John Stege

Clarinets of Every Size

Woodwinds shine at Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Performing Arts Every time I hear a fine, well-produced contralto voice, I get the chills. Maybe it goes back to my grandmother’s old Schumann-Heink 78s. Kathleen Ferrier’s “Embarme dich,” and anything else s

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 John Stege

Straussian Function

Arabella continues a rich tradition of German opera in SF

Performing Arts Anyone who’s been hanging around the Santa Fe Opera for any length of time has heard, until quite recently, a really terrific amount of Richard Strauss.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 John Stege

Upping the Ante

Chamber Music Festival: manic brillance, rhapsodic climax

Performing Arts Forty years old already? It can’t be that long since I heard several concerts at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s inaugural season—six Sunday afternoons back in 1973.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 John Stege

A Thorough Rogering

The Santa Fe Opera’s King Roger stays focused

Performing Arts Ever since its 1926 premiere in Warsaw, Karol Szymanowski’s King Roger has been one of those conundrums of 20th-century music. Generically speaking, is it an opera? A dramatic oratorio? A morality play? Is it...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 John Stege

Maometto il Magnifico

Rossini’s Maometto II brings tragic grandeur to the Santa Fe Opera

Performing Arts If you’ve ever wondered about the word “grand” in grand opera, look no further than the compelling production of Rossini’s tragic opera, Maometto II, now on view at the Santa Fe Opera.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 John Stege
 
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