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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

Contemporaneous Celebrations

Wake up and happy birthday, music scene!

Theater & Stage Reviews Santa Fe’s contemporary music scene awakens from semi-hibernation with two important concerts this week. And they’re all about anniversaries.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 John Stege

Right on the Money

SFO and SFCMF wrap up their seasons on high notes

Theater & Stage Reviews When audiences hum happily out of The Crosby Theatre after, say, a jolly evening with Albert Herring, or when they linger cheerily outside St. Francis Auditorium after, say, a rousing reading of Mendelssohn&rsq...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 John Stege

Joy Ride

SFCMF’s season departs with finesse and cheer

Theater & Stage Reviews The music stops, the audience jumps up, claps like mad, bravos crazily, whistles (don’t try this in France) and stomps its collective foot. That’s a standing ovation. That’s what met Yuja Wang...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 John Stege

Battle Royal

SFCMF’s season is full of co-commissions and world premieres

Theater & Stage Reviews Cagey, brilliant composer-critic Virgil Thomson commented, “Criticism joins the history of its art only when it joins battle, for or against, with the music of its time.” Well, opportunities galore ...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 John Stege
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