Cher Public

  • LT: She already sang the 4 roles in Hoffmann (inc. Antonia) a few years ago. 3:52 PM
  • antikitschychick: Well DellaCasaFan, according to the Future Met Wiki, Jonas Kaufmann and Marcelo Alvarez are slated to sing Cavarodossi... 3:33 PM
  • LT: Remember that even Devia with her modest volume sings Norma, quite successfully at that. It’s not Turandot, after all. 3:08 PM
  • DellaCasaFan: Netrebko’s Tosca is the best part, I agree, but also hope it would not mean Mr. Netrebko will be her future Mario as... 2:58 PM
  • antikitschychick: p.s. brilliant headline by La Cieca as usual! and p.p.s am so glad to hear Pollione in the Met’s Norma will be... 2:43 PM
  • manou: Thank goodness we have antik to teach us antiques “the new small talk” (as Higgins says in Pygmalion). 2:43 PM
  • antikitschychick: Yes those Toscas will certainly be “an event” Kash and I’m sure you’ll enjoy AN in the title... 2:36 PM
  • Chenier631: Interesting turn of events to be sure. I am excited that SRad will be doing the new Norma here in NY. Her previous... 1:59 PM

Ott and proud

“Baritone Jarrett Ott (bottom) in Philadelphia, with current boyfriend Adam Franklin (top) who is the Artistic Administrator at The Santa Fe Opera, for performances of Verdi’s La Traviata.” [Operafresh]

Gone in sixty seconds

Out of nowhere, Santa Fe Opera’s chief conductor Frédéric Chaslin has resigned his position. “According to Santa Fe Opera’s press release, he cited his concert and recording commitments with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (which he joined as music director beginning with the 2011-12 season) and his desire to spend more time composing as reasons for his decision.” [Santa Fe New Mexican]

Desert fox

Karol Szymanowski’s 1926 King Roger was the sleeper hit of SFO’s season, not so much for its weird, mystical theme and feeble libretto but because the music is powerfully effective and Evan Rogister handled the shimmering, richly expressionistic orchestral writing with consummate skill. The choral writing is ravishing, especially the ecclesiastical Russian-sounding opening movement that emerges from the stark sounds of bells and gongs.   Read more »


The desert song

You Parterrestrials know all about Santa Fe Opera’s amazing mountain setting and open-sided theater affording breathtaking sunsets, weather-related drama and–when the back stage wall is opened–starry backdrops, but it was my first visit, so indulge me a little.

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You will, David, you will

La Cieca hears that parterre fave David Daniels will get all eponymous and stuff for a world premiere opera entitled Oscar, based on the life of Oscar Wilde, for Santa Fe Opera in 2013, with Opera Company of Philadelphia to follow.  The work is to boast music by Theodore Morrison and a libretto and stage direction by John Cox.

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