Opera Indulgence

Santafe.com - August 12, 2011

"If you’ve never seen a production of the Santa Fe Opera, you must go just to see the dramatic backdrop the setting sun creates behind the stage"

This is my week for culture. So far I’ve seen La Boheme and Faust at the Santa Fe Opera, one of the best opera companies in the world. . .but you already know that. As always, I was enchanted with the mountain setting of the opera grounds and that sunset! There’s simply nothing like it. If you’ve never seen a production of the Santa Fe Opera, you must go just to see the dramatic backdrop the setting sun creates behind the stage.
 
When John Crosby designed the open-air opera house, he positioned it, I was told, on its place on the hill because that spot had the best acoustics and best weather. I’m sure the setting sun had a large part in the design as well. As far as weather, both nights I totally forgot that I was sitting outdoors until a slight breeze fluttered through and the faint sound of crickets could be heard on the sidelines. What an experience – the singing of the best voices in the world, fabulous sets and lots of engaging operatic drama unfolding on the magnificent stage underneath the stars of Santa Fe!
 
I cover performing arts for examiner.com. My review of the two operas is here:

(Photo: Ailyn Perez as Marguerite in Faust)