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    Charles MacKay, General Director of The Santa Fe Opera, announced today that he has accepted the resignation of Chief Conductor Frederic Chaslin. Chaslin, who makes his home in Paris, cited several reasons for his decision. He has a full schedule of concerts with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, where he serves as music director, as well as a forthcoming major recording project with them that will require considerable time. He is also eager to concentrate on composing.

    Maestro Chaslin made his Santa Fe Opera debut in 2009 leading La Traviata starring Natalie Dessay, and was appointed Chief Conductor in 2010. “On behalf of the entire Company I wish to thank Maestro Chaslin for his enormous musical contribution during the past two seasons,” said MacKay. “We regret his departure and wish him the very best.”

    A versatile and compelling musician, Maestro Chaslin’s podium repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary music. He has appeared as a concert pianist with leading orchestras in Europe and Asia. As a composer he has written extensively for film, orchestra, and voice, and has written an opera, Wuthering Heights. His book on music, La Musique dans Tous les Sens (Music in Every Sense) was published in 2009.

    The quality of the Opera Orchestra has been praised since Maestro Chaslin became chief conductor. This summer alone, critics singled out performances of Tosca and Maometto II that he conducted, as well as the overall musical quality of all the productions. Philip Kennicott of the Washington Post wrote, “The Company’s orchestra sounds better than it has at any time in at least the last quarter-century.”  Mike Silverman of Associated Press observed, “The orchestra sounds terrific, as it does all week under a variety of conductors.” 

    A search for his successor will begin in the fall.

    August 28, 2012

    CONTACT:  Joyce Idema                                                                                                jidema@santafeopera.org

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