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Operatic Endtime

SFO’s imaginative local flavor is a wrap...until next year

Performing Arts “Only in New Mexico.” That’s the motto emblazoned on the cover of the Santa Fe Opera’s 2011 season brochure.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 John Stege

Exit Festival

Chamber Music Festival enjoys artistic (and financial) success

Performing Arts Walking up the aisle at the Lensic Performing Arts Center during intermission at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s last concert of the season on Aug. 22, I heard startled comments everywhere: “W...

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 John Stege

Autumnal Hymn

Chamber Music Festival boldly heralds the season

Performing Arts Believe it: Summer’s on the wane. The kids are back in school; cottonwood leaves are falling into the Acequia Madre; and when you read this, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s 39th season will be...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 John Stege

Youth and Beauty

Young chamber musicians add flair to technical skill

Performing Arts When Gyorgy Sándor thundered through Schumann’s “Carnaval” in Alamogordo’s public school auditorium a few decades ago, a little kid in the audience fell tumultuously in love with ...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 John Stege

Putting on "Ayre"

Chamber Music Festival explores genre-busting territory

Performing Arts A couple of years ago, a high-ranking local impresario opined that the Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov, after a promising career start, had gone commercial and sold out to mere popular taste.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 John Stege

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
 
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