The Santa Fe Opera held a press conference this morning announcing the 2017 season. In the new “paint room”, in front of the sheriff’s office set from Act 3 of Puccini’s La Fanciulla Del West (showing in 2016), Opera officials covered the enhancements made to the facilities over the last year, and plans for further renovations before announcing the Opera’s 61st season line-up.
Among the information released this morning is the announcement that the Opera’s recording of Cold Mountain, recorded live at last summer’s season, is now available at the Opera Shop and on Amazon. This performance was the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon and Gene Sheer’s acclaimed production, and the Opera expressed their excitement at the recording being made available to the public.
The Opera also announced that three productions from the 2016 60th anniversary season will be in partnership with European companies. Romeo et Juliette will continue on to Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Capriccio will be seen in the United Kingdom at Garsington Opera, and the English National Opera will be taking up production of La Fanciulla del West.
Other announcements included the success of phase 2 of the Opera’s massive upgrade campaign which grew the total square footage of the facilities from 36,000 square feet to 64,000. Some upgrades of note include expanded bar services, additional public restrooms and elevator, upgrades to dressing rooms, and widened wings. Tantamount to the upgrades include a massive update of technologies including A/V spaces, lighting, power supply, and IT systems. The Opera announced that the next phase of renovations will include repaving the patron parking lot and a way to upgrade to the South entrance, enhancements to the orchestra pit, and additional storage for scenery and props.
Though the renovation of the facilities was announced with excitement by Opera officials, the highlight of the press conference was the announcement of the 2017 repertory, emphasized by the World Premier of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs set for debut on July 22, 2017. Director Kevin Newberry introduced the modern opera, and said it will consist of 20 scenes that span the entirety of Steve Jobs life over the course of 100 minutes and will include a composition that makes use of very modern musical styles, including electronic sounds, acoustic guitar picking, and first-rate singing actors.
“Looking at the design of the show we needed a way to embrace the sophistication of the technology that Steve Jobs created. We’re hoping to bring you a very exciting, cutting edge production” Newberry commented on the highlight of the 2017 Opera Season.
The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs is one of 5 new productions for the 2017 season that spans over 300 years of opera, opening with Johann Strauss’ ‘Die Fledermaus’. The entire 2017 season repertory is listed below:
Johann Strauss Jr.
New production. Last performed by the company in 1992
Lucia di Lammermoor
New production. Last performed by the company in 2001
The Golden Cockerel
New production. Co-production with The Dallas Opera. A company premiere.
The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
Mason Bates, Composer | Mark Campbell, Librettist
A world premiere.
George Frideric Handel
New production. A company premiere.
Check here for 2016’s season repertory.