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Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry plays Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Series

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry plays Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Series

SANTA MONICA, August 27, 2014 — One of the historic figures of reggae and dub, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry began his career in the late 1950′s and has been a behind-the-scenes figure ever since. From working with Bob Marley, winning a Grammy in 2003, to collaborating with the electronic music group ‘The Orb’, Scratch Perry is

The Nightingale (Erin Morley) sings to the Emperor (Anthony Michaels-Moore) and his court. (Credit: Ken Howard for the Santa Fe Opera)

Funny ‘Impressario,’ exquisite ‘Le Rossignol’ in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M., August 16, 2014 – Most nights at the opera involve the production of a single, substantial work. That doesn’t leave many performance opportunities, however, for any number of worthy short or one-act operas. The solution, over many years, has been to stage “double bills,” from time to time, in which a pair

Finale: the triumph of "Dr. Sun Yat-sen."

Santa Fe Opera’s ‘Dr. Sun Yat-sen”: Difficult to parse

SANTA FE, N.M., August 15, 2014 – A great deal of buzz surrounded the Santa Fe Opera’s American premiere production of composer Huang Ruo’s newish opera, “Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.” But its first performances on this side of the Pacific followed a strange, twisted, and arguably political path that began with the scheduling of its world premiere

Fidelio/Leonore (Alex Penda) is reunited with Florestan (Paul Groves) in SFO's new "Fidelio."

A brilliantly updated ‘Fidelio’ comes to Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M., August 13, 2014 – Continuing with its 2014 “update” motif, the Santa Fe Opera is presenting its first ever production of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” this month, having debuted its new-look version on July 31. SFO updates Beethoven’s original, with considerable, almost startling effectiveness, to some time in 1930s Germany under Adolf Hitler’s Nazi

Battle scene from Santa Fe Opera's production of "Don Pasquale."

The Santa Fe Opera’s wild, crazy and fabulous ‘Don Pasquale’

SANTA FE, N.M.,August 11, 2014 – Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), famed for his bel canto tragic operas like “Anna Bolena” and “Lucia di Lammermoor,” has been a regular presence in opera houses around the world for over 175 years. True, of the dozens of opera he composed over his relatively short lifespan, perhaps only ten of

Escamillo's arrival in Santa Fe Opera's "Carmen."

Santa Fe Opera’s updated ‘Carmen’: Too close for comfort?

SANTA FE, N.M.,August 10, 2014 – Even those who profess not to like opera generally can’t resist the music from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen.” Chock full of irresistible tunes and exotic, authentically Spanish intervals and rhythms (even though they’re all delivered in French), and bigger-than-life characters, this timeless musical tale of love and revenge is made

A cloudy week didn't dampen the spirits of Santa Fe Opera fans.

Fine singing, acting distinguish 2014 Santa Fe Opera season

SANTA FE, N.M., August 8, 2014 – Your peripatetic reviewer has arrived back in Virginia after spending an interesting musical week in not entirely sunny Santa Fe. I’d traveled out West at the tail end of July to take in the Santa Fe Opera’s intriguing 2014 offerings, and now I’m reporting back on what I

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