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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

Success from Excess

Santa Fe's 40th Chamber Music Festival does it all

Performing Arts Just ask Marc Neikrug, longtime artistic director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, what he thinks about audiences here in the City Diff, and be prepared for a shock. "They are way, way better than in Ne...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 John Stege

A Pearl of Great Price

Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers shimmers at the Santa Fe Opera

Performing Arts When you stop to think about it, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers is pretty much a silent movie, yes? Except with sound, of course. Consider the setting: ancient Ceylon à la MGM’s back lot. Consider the

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 John Stege

Toscissima

Opening night performance of Tosca thrills and excites

Performing Arts If the great Austro-American film director and actor Erich von Stroheim famously became known as the man you love to hate, Puccini’s Tosca, opening the Santa Fe Opera’s 56th season last Friday, ma

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 John Stege

To Boldly Go

The Santa Fe Opera pushes the envelope with another exciting season

Music Features Believe it: where l’amour is concerned, speak French. Take that sentimental saying, “On revient toujours à son premier amour,” which translates clumsily as, “Your first love—it’s always t

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 John Stege

Risking It, Musically

A quick and dirty rundown on this year’s opera, chamber and new music offerings

Summer Arts Preview My goodness, what doesn’t call itself a festival nowadays? Even delicious celebrations of green chile and barbecue are among my favorite feasts, to be sure, but not necessarily festivals in the, ahem, traditi...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 John Stege
 
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