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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

A Night at the Cinema

The opera noir adaptation of The Letter is deft and entertaining

Theater & Stage Reviews Don’t forget the popcorn when you head for the Santa Fe Opera’s latest show, a drop-dead reincarnation of every steamy film noir you’ve ever seen. Make that a SFO-commissioned opera noir: The ...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 John Stege

Singing Strings

The Chamber Music Festival’s opening week doesn’t disappoint

Theater & Stage Reviews If you sensed the flutter of phantom wings at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s concerts on July 19 and 20 in the St. Francis Auditorium, that would have been the pale shade of Marcel Proust. His summ...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 John Stege

Blustering and Blasting

Don Giovanni could use some taming

Theater & Stage Reviews There’s nothing mild about the Santa Fe Opera’s current production of Don Giovanni, a revival from the 2004 season. It’s still the unsubtle, in-your-face show it was five years ago. Familiarit...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 John Stege

Sumptuous Summer

The Chamber Music Festival’s musical menu is delectably diverse

Theater & Stage Reviews “It’s amazing—all these really, really good people coming here for such a short time. There’s nothing like it,” Marc Neikrug, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s longtime a...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 John Stege

Bel Canto, Pronto

SFO’s updated Elixir is well-staged and heartfelt

Theater & Stage Reviews Be warned, please: The Santa Fe Opera’s charming, warm-hearted new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love is liable to give you a bad case of those morning-after-the-opera, just-can&rs...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 John Stege
 
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