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The Santa Fe Opera Presents the World Premiere of "Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun" on October 26 in Downtown Santa Fe

24 October 2019

The Santa Fe Opera Presents the World Premiere of "Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun" on October 26 in Downtown Santa Fe

On Saturday, October 26, the Santa Fe Opera will present the world premiere of Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun by Grammy-winning composer Augusta Read Thomas and Orpheus Prize-winning librettist Leslie Dunton-Downer. The piece is the first of four new works commissioned by the Opera For All Voices: Stories of Our Time initiative. The Santa Fe Opera is proud to be the lead producer...

The Santa Fe Opera Reports on the "State of the Opera" for 2019 Season

11 October 2019

The Santa Fe Opera Reports on the "State of the Opera" for 2019 Season

Running from June 28 to August 24, the 2019 Season presented five operas in 36 performances, a special Santa Fe Opera debut concert by celebrated American soprano Renée Fleming with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra led by Music Director Harry Bicket and two Apprentice Scenes performances. The 63rd Season, the first led by General Director Robert K. Meya, Artistic Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Harry Bicket, explored classic works of the repertory as well as operas new to the Santa Fe Opera and the world’s stage...

The Santa Fe Opera Awards 27 Outstanding Apprentices for 2019 Season

24 September 2019

The Santa Fe Opera Awards 27 Outstanding Apprentices for 2019 Season

The Santa Fe Opera recently announced the recipients of its annual Outstanding Apprentice Awards. Each season, talented young singers and technicians take part in the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Programs, where they receive intensive training and play critical roles in the creation, both on stage and off, of the season’s five mainstage productions. Their work culminates in two nights of fully staged and costumed Apprentice Scenes, created and performed solely by the apprentices. Of this season's 78 apprentice technicians and 42 apprentice singers, 27 won cash rewards, honoring their exceptional talent and hard work...

The Santa Fe Opera Announces Five New Appointments to the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra

11 September 2019

The Santa Fe Opera Announces Five New Appointments to the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra

The Santa Fe Opera is delighted to announce the appointment of five musicians joining the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra in the 2020 Season. The appointments are the result of highly competitive auditions which occurred on-site in August 2019...

The Santa Fe Opera presents the world premiere of fairy-tale opera "The Thirteenth Child" on July 27

27 July 2019

The Santa Fe Opera presents the world premiere of fairy-tale opera "The Thirteenth Child" on July 27

On Saturday, July 27, the Santa Fe Opera will add a new work to the operatic canon with its world premiere of The Thirteenth Child by Danish composer Poul Ruders and American librettists Becky and David Starobin. The production is a co-commission and co-production with the Odense Symphony Orchestra and marks the Santa Fe Opera’s sixteenth world premiere...

Santa Fe Opera Artistic Director Alexander Neef will be the next Director of Paris National Opera

24 July 2019

Santa Fe Opera Artistic Director Alexander Neef will be the next Director of Paris National Opera

The Santa Fe Opera is delighted to share news of the appointment of Artistic Director Alexander Neef as the next General Director of Paris National Opera commencing in late 2021. Neef has served as the Santa Fe Opera’s Artistic Director Designate since February 9, 2018 and as Artistic Director since October 1, 2018...

"Jenůfa" receives its Santa Fe Opera premiere on July 20

19 July 2019

"Jenůfa" receives its Santa Fe Opera premiere on July 20

On Saturday, July 20, the Santa Fe Opera will introduce Leoš Janáček’s Jenůfa to audiences for the first time in the company’s 63 year history. A co-production between Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera and the English National Opera, David Alden’s production of Jenůfa, now adapted to the Santa Fe Opera’s stage, updates the mis-en-scène from an isolated, tight-knit community in 19th-century Moravia to an impoverished industrial section of Soviet-era Czechoslovakia.

The Santa Fe Opera presents a new production​ ​of Mozart’s 'Così fan tutte' beginning July 13

12 July 2019

The Santa Fe Opera presents a new production​ ​of Mozart’s 'Così fan tutte' beginning July 13

On Saturday, July 13, the Santa Fe Opera will present Mozart’s Così fan tutte in a new production directed by R. B. Schlather (making his company debut) and conducted by Music Director Harry Bicket. “For years Così was dismissed as a minor Mozart work, but for me it is a masterpiece,” writes Bicket. “The poignancy of Mozart’s own autobiographical connection with the opera (he married the sister of the woman he was in love with), coupled with some of the most profound and touching music he ever wrote, makes it a timeless exploration of how we learn to love (and lose) each other.”

The Santa Fe Opera Commences 63rd Season on June 28 & 29 with 'La Bohème' and 'The Pearl Fishers'

28 June 2019

The Santa Fe Opera Commences 63rd Season on June 28 & 29 with 'La Bohème' and 'The Pearl Fishers'

This year’s festival runs from June 28 to August 24 and will present five operas in 36 performances, a special Santa Fe Opera debut concert by celebrated American soprano Renée Fleming with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra led by Music Director Harry Bicket, and two Apprentice Scenes performances...

The Santa Fe Opera Announces 78 Members of the 2019 Season Apprentice Program for Theater Technicians

24 June 2019

The Santa Fe Opera Announces 78 Members of the 2019 Season Apprentice Program for Theater Technicians

The Santa Fe Opera is delighted to announce the members of its 2019 Season Apprentice Program for Theater Technicians. This season’s program is comprised of technicians, designers and craftspeople from across New Mexico, the wider United States, South America, England and China. The 78 individuals were selected from a pool of more than 900 applicants through a competitive screening and interview process by the Opera’s Production Department Heads...

The Santa Fe Opera announces a casting update​ ​for 'La bohème' opening June 28

10 June 2019

The Santa Fe Opera announces a casting update​ ​for 'La bohème' opening June 28

The Santa Fe Opera announces a casting update for La bohème, which opens the season on Friday, June 28. Nicaraguan-American soprano Gabriella Reyes will assume the role of Musetta, replacing Kirsten MacKinnon, who has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons...

The Santa Fe Opera Announces 42 Members of the 2019 Season Apprentice Program for Singers

21 May 2019

The Santa Fe Opera Announces 42 Members of the 2019 Season Apprentice Program for Singers

The Santa Fe Opera is delighted to announce the members of its 2019 Season Apprentice Program for Singers. This season’s program is comprised of singers from across the United States, Canada and South Korea. The 42 singers, selected by Gayletha Nichols, Director of the Program, and Robert Tweten, Head of Music Staff, rose to the top from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants through a competitive pre-screening and audition process.

Firsts and Favorites in 2020 at The Santa Fe Opera

8 May 2019

Firsts and Favorites in 2020 at The Santa Fe Opera

The Santa Fe Opera’s General Director Robert K. Meya today announced repertory and casting for the company’s exciting 64th Season in 2020. On the panel joining Meya for the announcement were the President of the Board of Directors Susan G. Marineau, Andrea Fellows Walters, Director of Community Engagement, and Cori Ellison, the company’s first, recently appointed Dramaturg...

The Santa Fe Opera Presents Three World Premieres

8 May 2019

The Santa Fe Opera Presents Three World Premieres

General Director Robert K. Meya today announced two new world premiere operas commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera. Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly will open on August 1, 2020. John Corigliano and Mark Adamo’s The Lord of Cries will debut in the 2021 Season. This announcement rounds out a trio of new works commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera, with the upcoming world premiere of Poul Ruders and Becky and David Starobin’s The Thirteenth Child which Meya announced in May 2018...

The Santa Fe Opera's 2019 Season Poster Unveiled, Features Artwork by Georgia O'Keeffe

8 May 2019

The Santa Fe Opera's 2019 Season Poster Unveiled, Features Artwork by Georgia O'Keeffe

 The Santa Fe Opera’s 2019 Season poster was unveiled today by General Director Robert K. Meya. The 63rd Festival Season poster features The Beyond, a minimalist landscape oil painting by renowned artist and long-time New Mexico resident Georgia O’Keeffe...

The Santa Fe Opera’s new Electronic Libretto System launches June 28, 2019

8 May 2019

The Santa Fe Opera’s new Electronic Libretto System launches June 28, 2019

On May 8, 2019 Susan G. Marineau, President of the Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Opera announced that on Opening Night of the 2019 Season, a new generation of seatback titles will debut in the Crosby Theatre. The new Electronic Libretto System (ELS) represents the second generation of seatback title technology and will replace the prior system, which was installed by Figaro Systems in 1999.

Latest Updates to The Santa Fe Opera's 2019 Season

8 May 2019

Latest Updates to The Santa Fe Opera's 2019 Season

The Santa Fe Opera’s General Director Robert K. Meya today announced casting updates for the upcoming 2019 Season opening on June 28, 2019...

Opera For All Voices 2019 Updates

8 May 2019

Opera For All Voices 2019 Updates

The Santa Fe Opera’s Director of Community Engagement Andrea Fellows Walters today announced the latest updates for the Opera For All Voices: Stories of Our Time initiative. Opera for All Voices (OFAV) is a consortium of North American opera companies committed to co-commissioning and co-producing new operatic works for audiences of all ages that bear the same artistic integrity and depth of storytelling as mainstage works. The consortium shares a commitment to social impact and the representation of diverse voices through the development of new and important works.

The Santa Fe Opera's Annual Spring Tour presents 'Unshakeable' throughout April & May

16 April 2019

The Santa Fe Opera's Annual Spring Tour presents 'Unshakeable' throughout April & May

The Santa Fe Opera presents UnShakeable, a light-hearted opera composed by Joseph Illick with libretto by Andrea Fellows Walters. Follow Meridian and Wyatt on a star-crossed journey as they find their way back to each other. Admission is free and all are welcome. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors open a half hour before each performance. UnShakeable is sung in English and will run in one act, 45 minutes in length.

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Wins GRAMMY® Award for Best Opera Recording

11 February 2019

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Wins GRAMMY® Award for Best Opera Recording

The Santa Fe Opera's World Premiere of Mason Bates and Mark Campbell's opera, recorded live on the PENTATONE label, named Best Opera Recording at the 61st GRAMMY® Awards

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Nominated in Four Categories of the 61st GRAMMY® Awards

7 December 2018

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Nominated in Four Categories of the 61st GRAMMY® Awards

The Santa Fe Opera’s World Premiere of Mason Bates and Mark Campbell’s opera, recorded on the PENTATONE label, has been nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical; Producer of the Year, Classical; Best Opera Recording; and Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Leadership Team Updates Announced at The Santa Fe Opera

6 November 2018

Leadership Team Updates Announced at The Santa Fe Opera

Dramaturg, Director of Development, and Chief Financial Officer have been appointed...


The Santa Fe Opera's 2018 Season in Review

4 October 2018


The Santa Fe Opera's 2018 Season in Review

The Santa Fe Opera reports record-breaking ticket sales and fundraising for Charles MacKay’s final season as General Director

Updates to The Santa Fe Opera’s 2019 Season

4 October 2018

Updates to The Santa Fe Opera’s 2019 Season

The Santa Fe Opera announces cast and creative team updates to its 2019 Season...

Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos Opens July 28

27 July 2018

Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos Opens July 28

A new production comes to the Santa Fe Opera Stage

Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers Opens July 21

21 July 2018

Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers Opens July 21

Edward Hastings’ 2002 Storybook Production Returns to Santa Fe

John Adams’ and Peter Sellars’ Doctor Atomic Opens July 14

7 July 2018

John Adams’ and Peter Sellars’ Doctor Atomic Opens July 14

A new production of Doctor Atomic by Peter Sellars premieres in Santa Fe

Tech and the West Events Schedule for Summer 2018

6 July 2018

Tech and the West Events Schedule for Summer 2018

The final year of exhibits, concerts, and symposia in association with Los Alamos Historical Society, The New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe Institute, the School for Advanced research, the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, and The Santa Fe Opera

Puccini's Madame Butterfly opens June 30

21 June 2018

Puccini's Madame Butterfly opens June 30

Lee Blakeley’s stunning 2010 production returns

Leonard Bernstein's Candide Opens June 29

21 June 2018

Leonard Bernstein's Candide Opens June 29

Santa Fe Opera’s 62nd Season kicks off with a company premiere

2018 Season Updates

11 May 2018

2018 Season Updates

Santa Fe Opera announces the latest updates and cast changes to its 2018 Season which includes Bernstein's Candide, Adams and Sellars' Doctor Atomic, Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers, and Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos

 

Santa Fe Opera's 2019 Season Announcement

9 May 2018

Santa Fe Opera's 2019 Season Announcement

Santa Fe Opera’s General Director Charles MacKay and General Director Designate Robert Meya announced today the repertory, principal singers, conductors, directors, and designers for the company’s 63rd season in 2019...

2018 Season Poster Revealed

9 May 2018

2018 Season Poster Revealed

The esteemed Santa Fe artist behind the festival season posters in 2012-2015, Dan Namingha creates another visual landscape for the Opera’s 62nd season. This year he presents Autumn at Otowi Pass

Opera for All Voices 2018 updates

9 May 2018

Opera for All Voices 2018 updates

An initiative bringing stories with purpose to all audiences. Commissioned by a consortium of companies led by Santa Fe Opera in association with San Francisco Opera.

Opera Storytellers Summer Camp 2018

15 March 2018

Opera Storytellers Summer Camp 2018

Write, compose, sing, act, dance, design, perform, and play with Santa Fe Opera

Santa Fe Opera Names Robert K. Meya General Director

9 February 2018

Santa Fe Opera Names Robert K. Meya General Director

Robert K. Meya will succeed Charles MacKay as General Director following the 2018 season. 

Meya engages Canadian Opera Company’s General Director Alexander Neef as Santa Fe Opera’s first Artistic Director, and appoints Chief Conductor Harry Bicket as the Company’s Music Director. 

Santa Fe Opera Presents Annual Winter Tour

17 November 2017

Santa Fe Opera Presents Annual Winter Tour

Santa Fe Opera artists perform operas and carols in a series of free concerts throughout New Mexico

Shoes for the Santo Niño

9 November 2017

Shoes for the Santo Niño

This December Santa Fe Opera presents the return of Shoes for the Santo Niño, an opera for all ages, with performances in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. 

National Opera Week 2017

17 October 2017

National Opera Week 2017

Santa Fe Opera Celebrates National Opera Week with Pop-up Performances in Santa Fe and Albuquerque 

Gayletha Nichols Named Director Designate of Apprentice Program for Singers at Santa Fe Opera

26 September 2017

Gayletha Nichols Named Director Designate of Apprentice Program for Singers at Santa Fe Opera

Gayletha Nichols, a member of the teaching staff during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, will become Director of the Apprentice Program for Singers at Santa Fe Opera on May 28, 2018

Santa Fe Opera’s Board of Directors Plans for Leadership Transition

11 August 2017

Santa Fe Opera’s Board of Directors Plans for Leadership Transition

General Director Charles MacKay has asked the Board to plan for a transition in leadership following the 2018 season

Santa Fe Opera Presents Shoes for the Santo Niño

8 August 2017

Santa Fe Opera Presents Shoes for the Santo Niño

An Opera for All Ages & Audition Call for Youth Entering 4th-12th Grades

 

Alcina Opens July 29

26 July 2017

Alcina Opens July 29

Handel’s Baroque Masterpiece is the Final Production in Santa Fe Opera’s 61st Season

Added Performance of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

22 July 2017

Added Performance of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Added Performance Announced for Santa Fe Opera’s World Premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, which opens July 22, 2017

Commercial Recording Announced for 
Santa Fe Opera’s World Premiere of 
The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

13 July 2017

Commercial Recording Announced for 
Santa Fe Opera’s World Premiere of 
The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs performances will be recorded live for commercial release on PENTATONE

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Premieres July 22

13 July 2017

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Premieres July 22

The world premiere of the season's most highly-anticipated production 

Tech and the West

13 July 2017

Tech and the West

A two-year program of exhibits, concerts, and symposia in association with Los Alamos Historical Society, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe Institute, The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, and Santa Fe Opera

The Golden Cockerel Opens July 15

19 June 2017

The Golden Cockerel Opens July 15

The company premiere of Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely performed Russian tale  

Opera Off-Stage

15 June 2017

Opera Off-Stage

Santa Fe Opera’s 2017 Season Community Concerts  

Lucia di Lammermoor Opens July 1

9 June 2017

Lucia di Lammermoor Opens July 1

Lucia di Lammermoor is Donizetti’s quintessential bel canto masterpiece.

Die Fledermaus Opens June 30

30 May 2017

Die Fledermaus Opens June 30

Santa Fe Opera’s 61st season kicks off on June 30 with a rollicking new production. 

Santa Fe Opera's 2018 Season Announcement

9 May 2017

Santa Fe Opera's 2018 Season Announcement

Bernstein's Candide, Adams and Sellars' Doctor Atomic, Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers, and Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. 


 

Opera for All Voices

9 May 2017

Opera for All Voices

A new initiative bringing stories with purpose to all audiences. Commissioned by a consortium of companies led by Santa Fe Opera in association with San Francisco Opera.

2017 Season Poster Revealed

9 May 2017

2017 Season Poster Revealed

Santa Fe Artist Gustave Baumann presents the 61st season poster. 

Santa Fe Opera and The Lensic Present Justice at the Opera with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

9 May 2017

Santa Fe Opera and The Lensic Present Justice at the Opera with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg brings this singular event to Santa Fe at The Lensic Performing Arts Center on August 25, 2017

Santa Fe Opera Announces Updates to its 2017 Season

9 May 2017

Santa Fe Opera Announces Updates to its 2017 Season

Santa Fe Opera announces updates to the company’s 61st season. 

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Opens July 22

1 March 2017

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Opens July 22

An electro-acoustic score and technologically innovative production bring the Steve Jobs story to the opera stage

Santa Fe Opera Presents Annual Spring Tour

7 April 2017

Santa Fe Opera Presents Annual Spring Tour

Santa Fe Opera artists perform Avastar in a series of free concerts throughout New Mexico 

Works & Process at the Guggenheim Presents Santa Fe Opera: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

1 March 2017

Works & Process at the Guggenheim Presents Santa Fe Opera: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

The world premiere opera by Mason Bates and Mark Campbell receives an exclusive preview April 9 and 10, 2017 at the Guggenheim 

Cold Mountain nominated for two categories of the 59th GRAMMY Awards

6 December 2016

Cold Mountain nominated for two categories of the 59th GRAMMY Awards

Santa Fe Opera’s World Premiere of Cold Mountain nominated for two categories of the 59th GRAMMY® Awards

Santa Fe Opera 2016 Season in Review

17 November 2016

Santa Fe Opera 2016 Season in Review

Santa Fe Opera reports strong ticket sales and fund raising for its 60th anniversary season, the launch of a new website, and an extension to its Chief Conductor’s contract until 2020

Outstanding Apprentice Awards Announced at Santa Fe Opera

17 October 2016

Outstanding Apprentice Awards Announced at Santa Fe Opera

 Santa Fe Opera recently announced the recipients of its annual Outstanding Apprentice Awards 

UnShakeable Encore Presentation

21 September 2016

UnShakeable Encore Presentation

By popular demand this opera for all ages returns to The Scottish Rite Masonic Center

#SFO60 Exhibit

16 August 2016

#SFO60 Exhibit

Santa Fe Opera and @SimplySantaFeNM Present a Pop-Up Exhibit

Barber’s Vanessa Opens July 30

29 July 2016

Barber’s Vanessa Opens July 30

The rarely performed gothic tale comes to Santa Fe in a film noir-inspired production

Richard Strauss’ Capriccio Opens July 23

26 July 2016

Richard Strauss’ Capriccio Opens July 23

The composer’s last opera returns to Santa Fe in a new production

Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette Opens July 16

26 July 2016

Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette Opens July 16

Shakespeare’s tragic love story comes to Santa Fe in a new production

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni Opens July 2

29 June 2016

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni Opens July 2

The legendary dramma giocoso returns to the Santa Fe Opera stage in a new production

Giacomo Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West Opens July 1

29 June 2016

Giacomo Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West Opens July 1

Santa Fe Opera’s 60th Anniversary Season opens with an Olivier Award-winning co-production with English National Opera

Santa Fe Opera Announces its 2017 Season

27 April 2016

Santa Fe Opera Announces its 2017 Season

Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, Handel’s Alcina, and Mason Bates/Mark Campbell's The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

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