Tag Archives: Santa Fe Opera

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Santa Fe Opera Part V

by Megan Meister

Last night’s performance of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hoffmannsthal’s ARABELLA was utterly delightful.  Wonderfully directed by British director Tim Albery (who returns to Dallas in April to stage THE ASPERN PAPERS) and conducted with romantic sweep by Sir Andrew Davis, this was Santa Fe Opera at its best.  Long known for its tradition of […]

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Santa Fe Opera Part IV

by Megan Meister

I was invited yesterday to a small luncheon being given in honor of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who you may know is a huge opera fan. I was delighted to discover that she had toured the Winspear Opera House last year when she was in Dallas for a speaking engagement at SMU, but […]

Jonathan Pell, Artistic Director Santa Fe Opera, Part III

by Megan Meister

Last night’s performance of Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s 1926 opera KING ROGER was one of those magical nights in the theatre that we all hope to experience but which in reality happens so rarely.  Everything about the evening was extraordinary, including the piece itself, which I had never heard “live” before. The libretto is enigmatic, […]

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Santa Fe Opera Part II

by Megan Meister

The interior of the Santa Fe Opera House just before a performance of Bizet’s THE PEARL FISHERS. Last night didn’t start off too well. I had met one of my artist manager colleagues for an early dinner before the opera (his client, Eric Cutler was the tenor in the performance of PEARL FISHERS we were […]

Santa Fe Train of Thought

by Suzanne Calvin

It isn’t quite like any other summer opera festival. And that is, no doubt, why it continues to draw devoted opera-philes from all parts of the U.S. (and beyond) to a serene spot in Northern New Mexico far from the overheated urban corridors. In addition to offering night after night of great opera, does Santa […]

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Santa Fe Opera Part 1

by Megan Meister

I am convinced that Santa Fe must be a suburb of Dallas (or maybe it is the other way around?) but it seems as if I have run into half of the people I know since I got here two days ago! Last night was the first of two Apprentice Concerts that showcase the aspiring […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 23

by Megan Meister

Last night was the second Apprentice Concert, and if last week’s opera scenes were slightly disappointing, last evening more than made up for it. The performance got off to a roaring start with a clever staging by Kathleen Clawson from Jonathan Dove’s opera FLIGHT, featuring a dazzling performance by countertenor  John Holiday,who was this year’s […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 22

by Megan Meister

I was invited to attend a performance in a beautiful private home yesterday afternoon of a new song cycle composed by Frederic Chaslain, Santa Fe Opera’s new chief conductor.  The songs were a setting of poems by Robert Frost, and were performed by mezzo-soprano Jennifer Holloway who is here this summer for the role of […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 21

by Megan Meister

I had lunch yesterday with Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet, who returns to Dallas in February  as “Isolde” in our production of TRISTAN.  She has just returned home to Santa Fe for a couple of weeks following an engagement in Barcelona, and is heading back to Europe  on Sunday. She is looking forward to reuniting with Clifton Forbis, […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, part 20

by Megan Meister

This afternoon I was invited to attend a workshop for the first act of a new opera, OSCAR,   that will premiere in Santa Fe in the summer of 2013, that has been commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia. The composer is Theodore Morrison, who was for many years on the […]