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The 2013 season of the Santa Fe Opera debuted with the production of “Grand Duchess of Gerolstein.”
“Santa Fe’s objectives are distinctly American, and by making opera more compelling and more relevant, it has changed the map of musical America...” Phillip Huscher author of The Santa Fe Opera: An American Pioneer said.
“What Santa Fe does is more and more rare — giving its artists time and space to breathe,” Newly appointed Chief Conductor Harry Bicket said. “Preparation is meticulous, making sure that the artistic product is the very best. 2014 can’t come soon enough.” Bicket will take over the position in October for the 2014 season.
A Desperate Grand Duchess on the Prowl.
Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham is the title role of Jacques Offenbach’s “The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein.” Far from being “a lady of a certain age,” this Grand Duchess is a sexy, spoiled aristocrat with an eye for Fritz, a cadet at the local military academy, sung by the dynamic American tenor Paul Appleby. Soprano Anya Matanovič completes the love triangle; Emmanuel Villaume, a noted specialist in French repertory, conducts. 8:30 p.m.: July 6, 12, 19;
8 p.m.: July 30; Aug. 7, 15, 21, 24.
The Marriage of Figaro
A Seducer Unmasked in a Moonlit Garden.
“The Marriage of Figaro” is psychologically insightful and politically daring, yet affirmative in its transcendent depiction of redemptive love. Fast-rising baritone Zachary Nelson, who played Angelotti in Tosca last summer, sings Figaro alongside debutante Lisette Oropesa and Susanna Phillips, Daniel Okulitch and Keith Jameson. John Nelson conducts.
8:30 p.m.: July 5, 10;
8 p.m.: Aug. 3, 8, 13, 20, 23.
La Donna del Lago
A Mysterious Beauty With a Secret Identity.
“La Donna del Lago” is Rossini’s most romantic masterpiece. Why is it so infrequently seen? One reason: the formidable demands of the title role. Fortunately, Santa Fe audiences will see it performed by the fabulous mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato — who has earned acclaim for it in world opera capitals including Milan and Paris. Leading bel canto specialist Marianna Pizzolato sings Malcolm, and sought-after coloratura tenor Lawrence Brownlee sings Uberto. Stephen Lord conducts.
8:30 p.m.: July 13, 17, 26
8 p.m.: Aug. 1, 6, 14.
A Doomed Courtesan With One Last Hope. “La Traviata” is Verdi’s most intimately observed depiction of love. But it also reveals the hypocritical realities behind the gorgeous facade of the Parisian demi-mondaine, brilliantly illuminated in this production by stage director and designer Laurent Pelly. Acclaimed soprano Brenda Rae returns to America to sing Violetta opposite Michael Fabiano as Alfredo. British conductor Leo Hussain conducts.
8:30 p.m.: July 20, 24; 8 p.m.: July 29; Aug. 2, 5, 10, 16, 22.
A Literary Genius Who Sacrifices Freedom for Love.
The Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere of “Oscar,” composer Theodore Morrison’s opera based on the life of Oscar Wilde. Working with librettist and Wilde scholar John Cox, Morrison reveals the profoundly human side of the literary genius and aesthete. David Daniels creates the role of Oscar. His friends Walt Whitman and Ada Leverson are sung by Dwayne Croft and Heidi Stober, with William Burden as Wilde’s ally Frank Harris. Evan Rogister, from King Roger last season, conducts.
8:30 p.m.: July 27; 8 p.m. July 31; Aug. 9, 12, 17.