I’m going to Santa Fe in mid-August for four operas, an apprentice performance and a second visit to the O’Keeffe house in Abiquiu. With any luck, I’ll work in a second trip to the O’Keeffe museum, lunch at Rancho de Chimayo and breakfast at the Santa Fe Cafe. This is the opera’s 60th season … we’ll see La Fanciulla Del West (Puccini), Don Giovanni (Mozart), Romeo et Juliet (Gounod), along with a performance by SFO’s apprentices on Aug. 14.
Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costell0, opera’s golden couple until a sudden split, will be singing the title roles in Romeo et Juliet. When they performed Manon at The Dallas Opera earlier this year, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to know something was going on between the two leads. TDO didn’t keep the breakup a secret, but they didn’t publicize it, either.
I’ve been going to Santa Fe since 1985, when the cheap seats weren’t covered and there were no translation screens on the back of the seats. It rained on me more than once and I don’t speak the operatic languages (Italian, French or German), so I missed a lot of details, but the sheer spectacle of being on that mesa, watching a world class opera company and being there when the nightly storm comes through made up for any discomfort on my part.
Stay tuned. I’m going to go jump up and down for a while.