Santa Fe Opera’s 2014 summer season gets underway

Santa Fe Opera's Crosby Theatre, via Wikipedia. Photo illustrates the unusual "sails" designed to keep out New Mexico's summer monsoon rains during performances.

SANTA FE, N.M., July 28, 2014 − The Santa Fe Opera kicks its 2014 summer season into high gear this evening as it rolls out six operas-two of them being one-acts-in five days at its marvelous outdoor amphitheater just outside New Mexico’s picturesque capital city.

All the productions are new, and three (well, four) of them are being presented for the first time here, including Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” that pair of one-acts-Mozart’s “The Impressario” and Stravinsky’s “Le Rossignol”-and Chinese American composer Huang Ruo’s “Dr. Sun Yat-Sen,” which received its American premiere during the new season’s gala opening celebration this Saturday past.

Huang Ruo’s full-length opera, which focuses on modern China’s first president, will be sung in Mandarin with a Chinese and American cast. We reviewed the Washington Opera’s world premiere of this composer’s one-act opera “An American Soldier” in this column this past June.

Also on tap: A new “Carmen,” which takes Bizet’s classic and re-imagines it in 20th century Mexico; and Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale,” an opera last produced here in 1983.

Watch for our reviews of the Santa Fe Opera’s current season this week, right here.

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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17