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    2013 Festival Season Update



    THE SANTA FE OPERA 2013 SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON UPDATE                                              



    General Director Charles MacKay announced today that casting for the 2013 Summer Festival Season has been completed. The schedule holds Offenbach’s The Grand Duchess of Gérolstein, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, Verdi’s La Traviata and the world premiere of Oscar by Theodore Morrison. The Grand Duchess of Gérolstein, La Donna del Lago and Oscar are new productions, the last two being performed for the first time.

    Zachary Nelson, the 25-year-old Annapolis native who was a member of the Company’s 2012 Apprentice Singers program, will appear as Figaro. “Zachary is fully ready to take on the demanding role of Figaro, bringing his youthful energy and mellifluous voice to the stage,” said Mr. MacKay in announcing the selection. “As an apprentice Zach appeared as Angelotti in last summer’s Tosca and he impressed all of us with his maturity and musicality. Giving opportunities to young singers has long been a hallmark of The Santa Fe Opera, and we are certain this will be an impressive debut.”  

    Zach was a top prize winner in the 2012 George London Foundation Awards Competition. Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times commented on his “rich, steady baritone and, in his aria from Andrea Chenier he captured the crucial element of verismo style:  the emotion that is undoubtedly excessive but feels, in the moment, entirely right.” Zach will make his debut with the Washington National Opera in 2014.

    Emmanuel Villaume, who conducted last summer’s popular The Pearl Fishers, will conduct the 2013 season opening opera, Offenbach’s The Grand Duchess of Gérolstein. His busy schedule this year includes performances of La Boheme starring Anna Netrebko at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He will also tour with Ms. Netrebko in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta in concert form in Munich, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Prague and Vienna.

    Making his American opera debut is Leo Hussain who will conduct Verdi’s La Traviata. The British born and educated, 34-year-old conductor is Music Director at the Landestheater in Salzburg. His career has taken him throughout Europe both in opera houses and concert stages. His recent performances of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the English National Opera won unanimous acclaim: “Leo Hussain and the orchestra spun a web of magic,” reported the Financial Times. He has been called “one of the great hopes of his profession in his own right,” by the Salzburger Nachrichten. Coming up for Mr. Hussain is Mark Anthony Turnage’s opera Greek in Salzburg, The Elixir of Love in Munich, Beatrice and Benedict in Vienna, and Aida in Berlin. He is currently conducting Tristan and Isolde in Salzburg. 

    The Italian mezzo soprano Marianna Pizzolato, who has gained a reputation for her brilliant portrayals of Rossini roles and 18th century repertory, will sing the role of Malcolm in La Donna del Lago. She made her operatic debut in 2002 singing the title role in Rossini’s Tancredi and since that time has been in great demand for Baroque opera, concerts and festivals. She has collaborated with conductor Riccardo Muti in performances in Cherubini’s Missa Solemnis in Florence, Paris, Munich and Toulouse as well as Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore in Ravenna. She sings regularly at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. Daniela Barcellona, who was to sing the role, has withdrawn from the production.

    Tickets for the 2013 season are now available from The Santa Fe Opera Box Office, telephone 505 986 5900, toll free 800 280 4654 and on-line in mid-October at www.santafeopera.org. Information about performance dates, casts and synopses can be found on the Company website, www.santafeopera.org.

    October 10, 2012

    CONTACT:  Joyce Idema, jidema@santafeopera.org, Cindy Layman, press@santafeopera.org



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