The Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe NM
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Secure in the comforts of her opulent surroundings, Vanessa is a woman haunted. The mirrors are shrouded and the clocks are stopped, as they have been since she was abandoned by her lover years ago. Now, with the arrival of a handsome stranger – the young Anatol – a gothic love story unfolds as Erika, Vanessa’s niece, falls in love with him. Is she her aunt’s rival? As Anatol’s relationship with both women grows deeper and more ambiguous, is Erika reliving Vanessa’s doomed affair? With music by Samuel Barber and libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti, Vanessa casts a spell of secrets, deception and densely layered emotion. As Vanessa we hear soprano Erin Wall and as Anatol tenor Zach Borichevsky, both of whom last appeared in 2012's Arabella. Contralto Helene Schneiderman debuts as the Old Baroness; Erika is sung by mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez, recent winner of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals. In the role of the Old Doctor, James Morris makes his long-awaited return to Santa Fe. Leonard Slatkin (Life is a Dream, 2010) conducts. James Robinson directs, reuniting the creative team from 2014’s Dr. Sun Yat-sen.