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Before Burning Man, There Was Santa Fe's Zozobra

Divina Infusino | Posted 08.18.2016 | Travel
Divina Infusino

Just about the time that Burners are packing up their RV's for the annual Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert, the citizens of Santa Fe, New Mex...

An Audience With Susan Graham - Queen of Carthage in 'Les Troyens' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.09.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

This year marks her 25th Anniversary with the company. Susan is back and currently starring as "Didon" in Hector Berlioz's 1858 epic masterpiece, Les Troyens which opened this past Sunday afternoon and will play an additional five performances through July 1.

A Time-Out With Isabel Leonard: In 'L'Heure Espagnole' at San Francisco Symphony, 6/4-6

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.01.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard appears with conductor Charles Dutoit and the San Francisco Symphony this week in Ravel's one-act comic opera, L'Heure espagnole

Isabel Leonard Chats About Her Debut This Week in Washington National Opera's Cinderella

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 05.08.2016 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Isabel Leonard is a singer whose voice appeals to the heart as well as the ear. Some critics have called her lower register "amber-hued," but I hear a pure, silvery sheen from the bottom of her range to the top and a luminous timbre that fits soprano roles as perfectly as the lyric mezzo repertoire.

Being a Tourist in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Judith Fein | Posted 09.06.2014 | Travel
Judith Fein

Last week, some friends came to visit my hometown. "We know it's a drag to have to be a tour guide in your hometown, but what if you became a tourist with us?" one of them suggested.

Santa Fe Opera's Beguiling Season

Rodney Punt | Posted 11.26.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The Santa Fe Opera's top laurels for the 2013 season were not necessarily won by its most anticipated productions. Of the five works staged, three were fashioned around star singers -- a world premiere tragedy, an Offenbach farce and a rarely performed late work of Rossini.

Youth That Is Not Wasted on the Young

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

These young people think outside the box and are spreading a needed enthusiasm for the basic primal art of classical singing that should not be allowed to disappear no matter what the current technological and economic trends show.

Santa Fe Opera Premieres an Oscar Missing His Wilde Side

Rodney Punt | Posted 10.06.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The July 27 premiere of Oscar at the Santa Fe Opera aimed for catharsis. With its stellar cast, elaborate sets and massive orchestra, Theodore Morrison's opera, was both a brave and uncannily apt commission for the company. At least it seemed so on paper.

A Reflection on My Life as a Boy

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 09.09.2013 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

I now sing predominately female roles, a relief after years of smashed boobs under an ace bandage, but a part of me will always be Cherubino.

Opera for the New World

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Opera is in effect sung theater. Opera, like theater, can be thought-provoking, historical, educational and a reflection of our society. Historically ...

Santa Fe Opera to Present New Opera About Oscar Wilde

Rodney Punt | Posted 06.29.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

As Americans eagerly await decisions within weeks from the Supreme Court on the right of gays and lesbians to marry, the Santa Fe Opera brings Wilde's relevant and tragic story to the stage in Oscar, a new opera.

Like "Hava Nagila"

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 10.31.2011 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

I have been known to cut a rug to "Hava Nagila" at the right moment, but was this really what I needed to hear while waiting for a breast exam? I found it hard to sit still and focus on the task at hand so I found myself pacing. I had to step back and ask myself, why?

Devils & Crazy Guys: The Santa Fe Opera's 2011 Season

Rodney Punt | Posted 10.11.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The Santa Fe Opera is the contrarian player in American opera. Luring folks is its reputation for quality, its spectacular natural setting, Santa Fe's charms and historic importance, a thriving visual art scene, and the world-class rankings of New Mexican cuisine.

VOICES THIS WEEK: Rodney Punt, David Dagan, Jaime Rojo, Cat Bennett

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

MADAME BUTTERFLY TAKES WING IN SANTA FE by Rodney Punt The plot could not be simpler: American naval officer jilts Japanese wife who later commits su...

Madame Butterfly Takes Wing in Santa Fe

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The plot could not be simpler: American naval officer jilts Japanese wife who later commits suicide. But Puccini's Madame Butterfly was not at all easy to compose, nor initially to stage.