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Santa Fe Opera Announces 2015 Season

Santa Fe Opera Announces 2015 Season

World premiere of Cold Mountain by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon; five new productions;
three “firsts” planned.

WORLD PREMIERE
COLD MOUNTAIN
Jennifer Higdon
Libretto by Gene Scheer
Commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia and Minnesota Opera

FIRST SANTA FE OPERA PERFORMANCES
THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT
Gaetano Donizetti
New Production

LA FINTA GIARDINIERA
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
New Production

IN HONOR OF THE 150th
ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMPOSER’S BIRTH
SALOME
Richard Strauss
New Production. Last performed by the Company in 2006.

RIGOLETTO
Giuseppe Verdi
New Production. Last performed by the Company in 2000.

May 6, 2014. Santa Fe, NM – Cold Mountain, the first opera by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
Jennifer Higdon, will receive its world premiere in The Santa Fe Opera’s 2015 Summer Festival Season.
Announcement of the five-opera repertory was made today by General Director Charles MacKay at a
press conference in Santa Fe. The season opens Friday, July 3 with Donizetti’s The Daughter of the
Regiment and ends Saturday, August 29 with the same opera. 2

“Cold Mountain, the novel by Charles Frazier, won the National Book Award, was a major best seller,
and an Academy Award-winning film,” commented Mr. MacKay in his opening remarks. “It is a
magnificent story that has touched readers throughout the world, and we here at The Santa Fe Opera
are honored to add an opera to its distinguished provenance.”

The season is in keeping with the Company’s mission to present operas that may be familiar to the
general public, Rigoletto, Salome and The Daughter of the Regiment; one less known and not often
performed, the riotous comedy written when Mozart was eighteen, La Finta Giardiniera, (sometimes
known as The Pretend Gardener), and a world premiere, Cold Mountain.

The roster of principal singers includes many Santa Fe favorites: Emily Fons, Nathan Gunn, Isabel
Leonard, William Burden, Susanna Phillips, Bryan Hymel, Alek Shrader, Anna Christy, Heidi Stober, Judith
Christin and Kevin Burdette. Returning are conductors Miguel Harth-Bedoya and David Robertson. The
Company also welcomes directors Ned Canty, Lee Blakeley and Daniel Slater; scenic and costume
designers Allen Moyer, Adrian Linford, Hildegard Bechtler and David C. Woolard; lighting designer Rick
Fisher and choreographer Seán Curran.

Important debuts include two Italian conductors; Speranza Scappucci, who was a member of the
Company music staff in 2005 and 2006 and Jader Bignamini in his American debut. It welcomes a
number of young Americans including baritone Quinn Kelsey, bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, soprano
Georgia Jarman, mezzo-sopranos Cecilia Hall, Nicole Piccolomini, Canadian bass Robert Pomakov and
Spanish tenor Joel Prieto.

Other debuts include Leslie Travers, scenic and costume designer for Salome; Thomas C. Hase, lighting
designer for La Finta Giardiniera; Cold Mountain creative team members, director Leonard Foglia, scenic
designer Robert Brill, lighting designer Brian Nason and projection designer Elaine McCarthy.

DEBUTS
SINGERS: Cecilia Hall, Georgia Jarman, Quinn Kelsey, Ryan McKinny,
Phyllis Pancella, Nicole Piccolomini, Robert Pomakov, Joel Prieto
CONDUCTORS: Jader Bignamini, Speranza Scappucci
DIRECTOR: Leonard Foglia
SCENIC DESIGNERS: Robert Brill, Leslie Travers
COSTUME DESIGNER: Leslie Travers
LIGHTING DESIGNERS: Brian Nason, Thomas C. Hase
PROJECTION DESIGNER: Elaine McCarthy

RETURNING ARTISTS
SINGERS: Robert Brubaker, Judith Christin, Anna Christy, William Burden,
Kevin Burdette, Emily Fons, Nathan Gunn, Joshua Hopkins, Bryan Hymel, Brian Jagde,
Isabel Leonard, Michaela Martens, Jay Hunter Morris, Alex Penda, Susanna Phillips,
Alek Shrader, Andrea Silvestrelli, Heidi Stober, Laura Tatulescu
CONDUCTORS: Harry Bicket, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, David Robertson
DIRECTORS: Tim Albery, Lee Blakeley, Ned Canty, Daniel Slater
SCENIC DESIGNERS: Adrian Linford, Hildegard Bechtler, Allen Moyer
COSTUME DESIGNERS: Adrian Linford, Jon Morrell, Allen Moyer, David C. Woolard
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Rick Fisher
CHOREOGRAPHER: Seán Curran
CHORUS MASTER: Susanne Sheston

*Debut
+Former Apprentice Artist

 

THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT
Gaetano Donizetti
Sung in Italian
First Performances by The Santa Fe Opera. New Production.
July 3, 8, 11, 17, 24, August 3, 8, 12, 20, 26, 29

CONDUCTOR *Speranza Scappucci
DIRECTOR Ned Canty
SCENIC AND
COSTUME DESIGNER Allen Moyer
LIGHTING DESIGNER Rick Fisher
CHOREOGRAPHER Seán Curran
CHORUS MASTER Susanne Sheston

MARIE Anna Christy
MARQUISE OF BIRKENFELD *Phyllis Pancella
DUCHESS OF KRAKENTHORP Judith Christin
TONIO Alek Shrader
SULPICE Kevin Burdette

 

RIGOLETTO
Giuseppe Verdi
Sung in Italian
New Production. Last performed by the Company in 2000.
July 4, 10, 15, August 4, 10, 15, 19, 25, 28

CONDUCTOR *Jader Bignamini
DIRECTOR Lee Blakeley
SCENIC AND
COSTUME DESIGNER Adrian Linford
LIGHTING DESIGNER Rick Fisher
CHORUS MASTER Susanne Sheston

RIGOLETTO *Quinn Kelsey
DUKE Bryan Hymel
GILDA +*Georgia Jarman
MADDALENA *Nicole Piccolomini
SPARAFUCILE Andrea Silvestrelli
MONTERONE *Robert Pomakov

 

SALOME
Richard Strauss
Sung in German
New Production. Last performed by The Santa Fe Opera in 2006.
July 18, 22, 31, August 6, 11, 18, 27

CONDUCTOR David Robertson
DIRECTOR Daniel Slater
SCENIC AND
COSTUME DESIGNER *Leslie Travers
LIGHTING DESIGNER Rick Fisher
CHOREOGRAPHER Seán Curran

SALOME Alex Penda
HERODIAS Michaela Martens
HEROD Robert Brubaker
JOCHANAAN *Ryan McKinny
NARRABOTH Brian Jagde

 

LA FINTA GIARDINIERA
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sung in Italian
First Performances by The Santa Fe Opera. New Production.
July 25, 29, August 7, 13, 21

CONDUCTOR Harry Bicket
DIRECTOR Tim Albery
SCENIC DESIGNER Hildegard Bechtler
COSTUME DESIGNER Jon Morrell
LIGHTING DESIGNER *Thomas C. Hase
CHORUS MASTER Susanne Sheston

SANDRINA Heidi Stober
ARMINDA +Susanna Phillips
SERPETTA Laura Tatulescu
RAMIRO *Cecilia Hall
PODESTA +William Burden
COUNT BELFIORE *Joel Prieto
NARDO Joshua Hopkins

 

COLD MOUNTAN
Jennifer Higdon
Libretto by Gene Scheer
Sung in English
WORLD PREMIERE
Commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia and Minnesota Opera
August 1, 5, 14, 17, 22

CONDUCTOR Miguel Harth-Bedoya
DIRECTOR *Leonard Foglia
SCENIC DESIGNER *Robert Brill
COSTUME DESIGNER David C. Woolard
LIGHTING DESIGNER *Brian Nason
PROJECTION DESIGNER *Elaine McCarthy
CHORUS MASTER Susanne Sheston

ADA Isabel Leonard
RUBY +Emily Fons
TEAGUE +Jay Hunter Morris
VEASEY TBA
INMAN Nathan Gunn
MONROE/SOLDIER/GUARD *Robert Pomakov
STOBROD/BLIND MAN Kevin Burdette

 

2015 Tickets
May be ordered beginning June 27, 2014 by telephone: 505 986 5900; toll free: 800 280 4654, or in person. On-line sales begin in September.

 

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