A TRADITION OF INNOVATION: sounds FROM santa fe opera

Since the Opera’s founding in 1957, the expansion of the operatic repertoire through commissions, American and world premieres has been of paramount importance and a point of pride for the company. The recordings of The Santa Fe Opera allow you to take the latest and greatest in 20th and 21st century American opera home with you. They are available through the Santa Fe Opera Shop located next to the Box Office.

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Our 2017 world premiere set the operatic world buzzing. The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell, featured Edward Parks in the title role and Michael Christie conducting. On the occasion of his first opera, The Chicago Tribune praised Bates for his score, calling the music “some of his most inventive and alluring to date.”

Cold Mountain is another example of a famed composer’s first opera commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera. With music by Jennifer Higdon, the opera is “a creative and adroit adaptation by librettist Gene Scheer, [with] the kind of strong, original, ear-grabbing writing one would expect from Higdon, whose orchestral scores are justifiably praised for their refreshing vitality and brilliant colors” (Opera News). Captured live over several performances, Cold Mountain’s cast is led by two of American opera’s successful interpreters, Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard.

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Emmeline, recorded live during its world-premiere run in 1996, was also the first opera by famed American composer and librettist duo, Tobias Picker and J.D. McClatchy. The pair set this true story of Fayette, Maine, termed “the Oedipus story from Jocasta’s point of view,” from a book by Judith Raskin. This recording features acclaimed American soprano Patricia Racette in the title role.

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The Santa Fe Opera’s first commercial recording is the 1976 Robert Indiana-designed production of composer Virgil Thomson’s and librettist Gertrude Stein’s The Mother of Us All. Featuring a cast led by Mignon Dunn and conductor Raymond Leppard in this inaugural recording of the beloved American opera, Thomson and Stein’s work is an affectionate meditation on the life and work of suffragette Susan B. Anthony.


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Pentatone & SANTA FE OPERA Pair up for commercial recording of The (R)Evolution of Steve Jobs

In their astounding new opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell explore the spiritual evolution of one of the most influential men of modern times as he creates a revolutionary new world of technological empowerment, and discovers a larger world within himself. 

A world premiere recorded live at The Santa Fe Opera in 2017 and released in summer 2018, this exciting new work is available now through all major music sources. 

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New Works

The Santa Fe Opera is proud to play a major role in the commissioning and producing of new American opera. Our company has produced 14 world premieres, in addition to over 40 American premieres. 

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