Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsSanta Fe Opera
IN THE NEWS

Santa Fe Opera

FEATURED ARTICLES
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The general director of New Mexico's Santa Fe Opera plans to retire but will not do so until his successor is in place. Richard Gaddes, only the second director of the 51-year-old company, estimated the search would take 12 to 18 months. He said he will "most definitely" remain with the company through the 2008 season. Gaddes, 64, took over the position in 2000 when founder John Crosby retired.
ARTICLES BY DATE
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Long Beach Opera's new production of Osvaldo Golijov's "Ainadamar" comes at an important time. The opera is a meditation on the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca's murder by the fascists during the Spanish Civil War, which is ever relevant, especially in the way the work echoes the current situation in the Middle East. But there is another reason why this opera matters right now, despite LBO's somewhat slapdash production at Terrace Theater Sunday night. Golijov has been going through a bad patch, and we need to be reminded why the music world would be unwise to lose faith in him. He has missed deadlines, including for a violin concerto that was to have been premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic a year ago. He has also come under attack for plagiarism by "gotcha" critics who miss the larger context of his work and what makes it so culturally rich and pertinent.
Advertisement
NEWS
March 31, 1989
Anthony Riolo, most recently executive director of the Santa Fe Opera but before that an administrator for several other arts groups including the Joffrey Ballet and the New York City Ballet, died Tuesday of the complications of AIDS at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. He was 46. Riolo, who also was an attorney, had been with the Santa Fe company since 1984. From 1979 to 1984, he was director of development for the New York City Ballet.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2012 | By David Mermelstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The showbiz adage that dying is easy, comedy is hard applies to opera as well. Though there are plenty of great comic operas — including Rossini's "Barber of Seville" and "The Turk in Italy" and Donizetti's "Elixir of Love" and "Don Pasquale," all presented by L.A. Opera in the past — their number pales next to the multitude of melodramas that more frequently occupy the operatic stage. "Comedy is extremely difficult," said Paul Curran, whose Santa Fe Opera production of Benjamin Britten's comic opera "Albert Herring" opens at L.A. Opera on Feb. 25. "It requires more concentration and skill than anything else.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Santa Fe Opera plans to present an opera in Spanish for the first time in nearly three decades, general director Richard Gaddes said. Argentine Osvaldo Golijov's "Ainadamar," which opened last year at Tanglewood, will be revised for the 2005 season by Golijov and director Peter Sellars. It is based on the life of poet-playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. The Santa Fe Opera's last Spanish-language production was Manuel de Falla's "La Vida Breve" in 1975.
TRAVEL
June 29, 1986 | JANET C. O'GRADY, O'Grady, a Los Angeles free-lance writer, is a former Santa Fe resident.
This plateau city has been called America's Salzburg for good reason. A good half of summer visitors will tell you: "It's music that brings me here." I love music, but during the year, getting to the hall in time often means a mad rush from work or other engagements. An extended summer weekend musical escape, just listening to great performances, with the option of some leisurely touring or shopping, goes a long way to restore my enjoyment of all that is pleasurable in music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2002 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
John Crosby, the visionary founder and former general director of the Santa Fe Opera, died Sunday at Eisenhower Memorial Hospital in Rancho Mirage from complications following surgery. He was 76. Crosby was the Santa Fe Opera's artistic head and chief conductor from its founding in 1957 until 2000, when he retired. His last act as its full-time leader came on Aug. 24 when he led a performance of Richard Strauss' "Elektra."
NEWS
July 19, 2007 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
HOT on the heels of April's appointment of 26-year-old Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel to succeed Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen in 2009, the venerable New York Philharmonic Orchestra announced Wednesday that it has also chosen a new young leader: 40-year-old Alan Gilbert. Gilbert has served as chief conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra since 2000 and from 2003 to 2006 was the first music director of Santa Fe Opera.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 1989 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER
Some things do change. Some things change even in the irrational, potentially lofty world of the lyric muse. The Santa Fe Opera, now celebrating its 33rd season, used to be an ambitious, struggling, quaintly modest all-American mirage. It was the private toy, and the dream-gone-public, of a stubbornly idealistic, sadly second-rate conductor named John Crosby.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2007
Baton in hand: Edo de Waart, who made his American debut at the Santa Fe Opera in 1971, has been named its chief conductor, effective Oct. 1. Museum honors: Former NBA star Magic Johnson leads the list of people named Tuesday as recipients of the National Civil Rights Museum's annual Freedom Awards. Also named were historian John Hope Franklin and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2010 | By Lewis Spratlan, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In 1978, Lewis Spratlan wrote an opera but couldn't get it staged. In 2000, he won the Pulitzer Prize for the second act of that opera in concert version but still couldn't get it staged. This summer, "Life Is a Dream" finally will get its world premiere at Santa Fe Opera. Spratlan tells of a work that waited three decades to come to life. In the spring of 1975, I was invited by Herta Glaz Redlich, director of the New Haven Opera Theater in Connecticut, to compose a new work for the company.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 2008
It's Burton: Tim Burton will be on hand tomorrow night for a special presentation of his macabre musical, "Sweeney Todd," at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Tickets: ArcLight box office or at arclightcinemas.com. -- Added duty: Edo de Waart, who became principal conductor of the Santa Fe Opera in October, has been named music director of the Milwaukee Symphony, beginning in 2009. De Waart succeeds Andras Delfs, who announced his intention to leave after the 2008-09 season.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The general director of New Mexico's Santa Fe Opera plans to retire but will not do so until his successor is in place. Richard Gaddes, only the second director of the 51-year-old company, estimated the search would take 12 to 18 months. He said he will "most definitely" remain with the company through the 2008 season. Gaddes, 64, took over the position in 2000 when founder John Crosby retired.
NEWS
July 19, 2007 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
HOT on the heels of April's appointment of 26-year-old Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel to succeed Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen in 2009, the venerable New York Philharmonic Orchestra announced Wednesday that it has also chosen a new young leader: 40-year-old Alan Gilbert. Gilbert has served as chief conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra since 2000 and from 2003 to 2006 was the first music director of Santa Fe Opera.
TRAVEL
February 18, 2007 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
THESE were our kind of nosebleed seats. The best seats at the open-air Santa Fe Opera theater start about 7,000 feet above sea level, seven miles outside this fabled tourist town and just below the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. My wife, Joyzelle, and I were shut out of those -- they cost as much as $170 each and were sold out months in advance of our July visit.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2005 | Deborah Baker, Associated Press
To hear Carl Tanner tell it, there's nothing out of the ordinary about his trajectory to opera: from music student to truck driver to bounty hunter to globe-trotting tenor. After all, the big, burly guy with Virginia in his voice and a down-home demeanor always sang -- to the country station on his dad's car radio ... with the chorus in high school, where he wrestled and played football ... in his 18-wheeler, "Tosca" blaring from the cab.
TRAVEL
April 4, 1999
Hoping to ride the wash of the Titanic wave, a 25,000-square-foot attraction opens Saturday in the tourist heartland of Orlando, Fla. The $7-million "Titanic--Ship of Dreams" re-creates the doomed ship's grand staircase and includes about 200 artifacts, plus movie memorabilia. Open daily; adult admission is $15.85. Information: tel. (407) 248-1166. . . . Santa Fe, N.M., has a new toll-free phone, (877) 222-3022, for brochures and ticket information on the Santa Fe Opera (July 2 to Aug.
NEWS
December 24, 1992 | ANN JAPENGA
The demise of Southwest influence and the rise of Northwest style is a development that cries out for a handy guide on what's in and what's out: OUT (Southwest) Adobe Blue corn-flavored anything Scorpions Tony Hillerman mysteries Santa Fe Opera Taos Harmonic Convergence Georgia O'Keeffe Peyote Beaded moccasins Coyote Coyote Cafe Sweat lodge Art galleries IN (Northwest) Weather-treated pine Espresso-flavored anything Slugs Earl Emerson mysteries Crocodile Cafe Olympia Bumbershoot (Seattle's
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2005 | Chris Pasles
To help celebrate its 50th season next year, Santa Fe Opera has landed the American premiere of British composer Thomas Ades' first full-length opera, "The Tempest." With a libretto by playwright Meredith Oakes based loosely on Shakespeare's play, the work debuted at Covent Garden in London in February 2004 and won that year's Laurence Olivier Award as outstanding opera production. It will be the last of five new productions that make up the New Mexico opera company's 2006 summer season.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|