Angel Blue, Erin Morley, Etienne Dupuis, Nicole Car, Iestyn Davies Highlight Santa Fe Opera 2021 Season

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credits: Sonya Garza / Monarca Studios / Yan Bleney / Yan Bleney / Marco Borggreve)

The Santa Fe Opera has announced its 2021 season, which will run from July 10 through August 27, 2021. The opera house will present 30 performances of four operas, and a special concert featuring soprano Angel Blue.

“The pandemic has been tragic and it’s not over yet. But after everything we have lived through this past year, the arts, and in particular the experience of live music, will be more important than ever before,” said The Santa Fe Opera’s General Director Robert K. Meya in a press release. “We are making investments to bring our campus to the highest level of safety. When you arrive at the Santa Fe Opera next summer, many things will look different. You can expect acrylic shields in all public-facing locations, electrostatic disinfection of high-traffic areas, campus-wide hand sanitizing stations, enhanced ventilation and air purification in elevators and restrooms, social-distancing markers and safety signage throughout.”

Here is a look.

The Santa Fe Opera will start its new season with the production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.” The opera will feature Vanessa Vasquez in the role of the Countess Almaviva, Chinese soprano Ying Fang as Susanna, mezzo-soprano Megan Marino as Cherubino, mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens as Marcellina, tenor Brenton Ryan in the role of Basilio, Australian baritone Samuel Dale Johnson as Count Almaviva, and British baritone Ashley Riches in the title role.

Santa Fe Opera Music Director Harry Bicket will conduct the production by Laurent Pelly.

Performance Dates: July 10 – August 27, 2021

John Corigliano and Mark Adamo’s world premiere of “The Lord of Cries” will spotlight counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo in the role of Dionysus, soprano Susanna Phillips as Lucy Harker, tenor David Portillo as Jon Harker, baritone Jarrett Ott as John Seward, bass Matt Boehler in the role of Van Helsing, and bass Kevin Burdette as the Correspondent.

Johannes Debus will conduct the production by James Darrah.

Performance Dates: July 17 – August 17, 2021

Tchaikovsky’s operatic masterpiece “Eugene Onegin” will showcase soprano Nicole Car as Tatyana, contralto Avery Amereau as Olga, mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens as Larina, mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel in the role of Filippyevna, tenor Dovlet Nurgeldiyev as Lensky, bass James Creswell as Prince Gremin, and Canadian baritone Etienne Dupuis in the title role.

Australian conductor Nicholas Carter will conduct the production by Alessandro Talevi .

Performance Dates: July 24 – August 26, 2021

Finally, Benjamin Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will star soprano Erin Morley as Tytania, British countertenor Iestyn Davies in the role of Oberon, tenor Brenton Ryan as Flute, tenor Matthew Grills in the role of Snout, bass Patrick Carfizzi as Starveling, British baritone Ashley Riches as Bottom and bass Kevin Burdette in the role of Quince. Australian dancer Reed Luplau performs the role of Puck.

Harry Bicket conducts the production by Netia Jones. The opera is a co-production with the Garsington Opera.

Performance Dates: July 31 – August 25, 2021

Soprano Angel Blue will present a concert with John Fiore conducting the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra.

Performance Date: August 7, 2021