The 2015 Season
Love. It drives a soldier to desertion...a father to murder...a teenage princess to obsession and a shepherd to enlist. No matter what kind of love you're searching for, you'll find it at The Santa Fe Opera in 2015.
Love Is a Battlefield.
Born to wealth, the vivacious Marie was found as an infant on a battlefield and raised by soldiers who dote on her. The affection is mutual, and when wealthy relatives separate her from the regiment, her boyfriend Tonio joins forces with her outraged soldier buddies. Their hilarious plot to thwart Marie’s snooty family breaks rom-com rules and gender stereotypes. But it is wreathed in vintage vocal splendor, including a famous test for tenors — nine high C’s in a single treacherous aria that catapulted the career of Alek Shrader, this production’s Tonio, when he sang it on national television. As Marie, one of the most sparkling of all coloratura roles, soprano Anna Christy adds to her string of recent bel canto triumphs. Connoisseurs of stage comedy are celebrating the return of director Ned Canty, who masterminded the farcical proceedings of The Last Savage, for this equally delicious confection. Italian-born conductor Speranza Scappucci, one of the most exciting new conductors on the international scene, makes her Company debut.
For more on The Daughter of the Regiment, don’t miss these delightful interviews with the cast and creative team.
A Father's Curse.
Considered one of Verdi’s breakthrough operas, Rigoletto stunned composers including Franz Liszt with its brilliance. But be warned: Behind the musical dazzle is a drama of political and sexual corruption so shocking that Victor Hugo’s Le roi s’amuse, the play on which it is based, was banned for 50 years after one performance. Making his Santa Fe Opera debut in the title role is baritone Quinn Kelsey, of whose London Rigoletto The Guardian said, “his boorish, tortured performance, together with a voice rich and secure from bottom to high top, is incomparable.” His daughter Gilda, the embodiment of innocence, is sung by soprano Georgia Jarman, a former apprentice who also makes her Company debut. The lecherous Duke of Mantua is sung by tenor Bryan Hymel, who scored a huge success in the 2011 production of Faust. Director Lee Blakeley and designer Adrian Linford, who brought The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein to life last season, create a new production of this Italian drama. The young Italian conductor Jader Bignamini makes his American debut.
For further insight into this production of Rigoletto, be sure to watch these interviews with the cast and creative team.
The Mystery of Love.
The operas of Richard Strauss have held a special place at The Santa Fe Opera since its opening season, none more so than Salome, his 1905 adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s study of extreme decadence. Salome established Strauss’ reputation as an opera composer, provoking a storm of controversy on both sides of the Atlantic. This searing one-act drama of obsession and lust returns with a fresh staging that suggests the era when Salome was created: the Belle Epoque period of material and sensual indulgence that prevailed in Paris before World War I. Bulgarian soprano Alex Penda, who sings the role of Leonore in Fidelio this season, reveals the darkest mysteries of love one veil at a time as the heedless Salome. Ryan McKinny, whose “lyrical bass baritone voice drips with gold” (Opera News), makes his Company debut as Jochanaan. The licentious Herod and his vengeful wife Herodias will be sung by tenor Robert Brubaker and mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens. David Robertson, highly acclaimed music director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, conducts.
Hear more about this exciting new production of Salome in these interviews from the cast and creative team.
Mozart's Maze of Love.
If you think love is enough to drive a person crazy, meet the hapless lovers chasing each other amid the musical abundance of Mozart’s early comic opera La Finta Giardiniera, “the phony gardener.” Toiling in the garden of the mayor Don Anchise, the appealing young gardener “Sandrina” is actually a marchioness in humble disguise. But if she is not who she seems to be, neither is anybody else. Romantic cross-currents and mistaken identities drive our seven principals crazy with love until the truth is finally revealed, and true lovers united. Chief Conductor Harry Bicket, long an admirer of this lesserknown Mozart comedy, is at the podium in this staging by Tim Albery, who gave Santa Fe audiences the delightful Beatrice and Benedict (1998, 2004), The Magic Flute (2006, 2010), and Arabella (2012). The cast features sopranos Heidi Stober, Susanna Phillips and Laura Tatulescu; tenor William Burden; and baritone Joshua Hopkins. Making their Company debuts are tenor Joel Prieto and mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall.
Enjoy more from the cast and creative team members themselves in these insightful interviews on La Finta Giardiniera.
What is at the Center of Your Soul?
Deserting the Confederate army and fleeing the hospital to reunite with the love of his life, wounded Civil War soldier W. P. Inman endures an American odyssey that has gripped millions of readers — and now takes the opera stage. In this highly anticipated world premiere, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon captures the fervor of Charles Frazier’s thrilling novel Cold Mountain with her distinctive technical brilliance and audience appeal. Nathan Gunn, the go-to lyric baritone for heroic roles, is ideally cast as Inman, returning to Santa Fe after more than 15 years. His beloved Ada Monroe is created by popular mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, most recently heard here in Vivaldi’s Griselda in 2011. Rounding out the principal cast is tenor Jay Hunter Morris, a former Santa Fe Opera apprentice whose recent Siegfried took the Metropolitan Opera by storm, and Emily Fons, who beguiled as Cherubino in last season’s The Marriage of Figaro. Miguel Harth-Bedoya, remembered for Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar in 2005, conducts.
For more on this exciting world premiere, be sure to watch these interviews with Cold Mountain's cast and creative team.
The “Stars of Tomorrow” perform these two evenings of fully staged opera scenes. Reserved seat prices are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 22 with a $4 handling fee per ticket.
8:00 pm: August 16, 23