‘Tosca’, ‘Flying Dutchman’ to Open Santa Fe Opera’s 2023 Season
The 2023 season of Santa Fe Opera offers a bouquet of new productions of classic operas embellished with a world premiere in 2024.
Puccini’s “Tosca” and Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” will open the 66th opera festival season, followed by Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande”, Dvorák’s “Rusalka” and Monteverdi’s “Orfeo”, with live orchestration. world premiere of American composer Nico Muhly.
For 2024, the company has commissioned a new opera from two of America’s most exciting talents, composer Gregory Spears and former American Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith titled “The Righteous”, exploring the intersection between religious faith and political power. through the biblical story of David. The piece marks the second operatic collaboration between Spears and Smith, whose “Castor and Patience” will have its world premiere at the Cincinnati Opera in July.
On Wednesday, OFS executive director Robert K. Meya announced the lineup in a video message from the opera house’s Stieren Orchestra Hall.
“Tosca” will open the 66th season on June 30, 2023, in a new production directed by Keith Warner, with “The Flying Dutchman” on July 1.
Sopranos Angel Blue and Leah Hawkins will play the title role in “Tosca.” Tenors Joshua Guerrero and Freddie De Tommaso for his American debut will share the role of Cavaradossi.
“The Flying Dutchman” hasn’t been performed on the Santa Fe stage for over 30 years. The new production takes place during the industrial revolution. Former SFO vocal apprentice Nicholas Brownlee will portray the Dutchman with Elza van den Heever as Senta.
“Pelléas et Mélisande” opens July 15, 2023, in a location production by Netia Jones, who presented last season’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Baritone Huw Montague Rendell and mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey are the stars.
Opening July 22, 2023, Sir David Pountney’s new production of “Rusalka” meets Dvorák’s turn-of-the-century masterpiece at an intersection of fairy tale and psychological drama. Soprano Ailyn Pérez will perform the title role. Tenor Robert Watson sings the role of the prince and soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams is the foreign princess, both in their company debuts.
Opening July 29, 2023, “Orfeo” is one of the opera’s earliest written and regularly performed works. Superstar tenor Rolando Villazón will make his company debut, as will soprano Lauren Snouffer.
The 2023 season will also mark the 50th anniversary of the company’s Pueblo opera program. Since 1973, children and families from New Mexico’s 19 pueblos and three reservations have come to Santa Fe to participate in a musical program based on shared value and respect for the power of storytelling. An advisory board made up of former participants and tribal elders guides the program. For the anniversary, the council hired filmmaker Beverly Singer of Santa Clara Pueblo to create a documentary.