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The 57th Season of the Santa Fe Opera begins

23 Jun 2014 6:21 PM
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For those living in luxurious Santa Fe, good news: one of the location's cultural hallmarks is about to return for an exciting new season of programming. Bizet's "Carmen" will be opening up the 58th season of the Santa Fe Opera, and denizens of the area couldn't be more excited. 

This latest performance of the classic opera promises to "strip away the cliches, [and] bring you closer than ever before to Carmen, her men and her world," according to the performance's director. That biting, contemporary touch comes courtesy of Stephen Lawless, who promises to bring a vivacity to this masterpiece's depiction of lower class citizens swooning and fighting amongst themselves. 

"While Carmen is not the first opera to present an underclass, it is the first to do so with all its amorality, violent criminality and mordant humor," noted Lawless. 

The first production of Carmen by the Santa Fe opera occurs this Friday, June 27, at 8:30 p.m. Performances continue throughout the end of August. Yet, there's much more on the programming schedule for this Santa Fe treasure: the very next night, the team's first production of Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" will occur, with many more to come throughout the rest of the season.

Director Laurent Pelly - also working as costume designer - will be directing Pasquale, with the debut performance set for June 28 at 8:30 p.m., and further performances occurring throughout the summer until August 19. This one promises to bring out and accentuate the classic Italian comedic stylings - the commedia del arte, if you will - inherent in the opera.

For more information on the Santa Fe opera - and links to purchase tickets - visit the company's official website. Anyone residing in the luxury real estate that lines Santa Fe would do well not to miss either of these sure-to-be-classic performances.