Don Pasquale, Santa Fe

Laurent Pelly’s take on “Don Pasquale” this summer at Santa Fe Opera is tight, funny and physical. With only five characters and no chorus, this narrowly focused opera allows for each individual voice, and actor, to shine. Beyond that, thanks  ...

Daniela Mack and Alek Shrader

“Carmen” and “Don Pasquale” may be alternating onstage at the opera this weekend, but that won’t stop cast members in the two operas from fraternizing. Daniela Mack and Alek Shrader, who are playing, respectively, the title role in “Carmen,” and  ...

Carmen, Santa Fe

The collision between grand opera and the iPhone is happening now; it’s just in places like Santa Fe that the wreckage is perhaps less noticeable. Does anyone still prefer a live orchestra, over-the-top theatrics, and $200 tickets to their Apps  ...

A Little Something

Richard Haddaway’s 30 years in the newspaper business might have prepared him for some kind of hard-boiled post-career nonfiction writing—some kind of book hardened by the cynicism that is the stock in trade of daily journalism. Instead, his new novel,  ...

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

The Aspen Santa Fe ballet is such a small company, and there has been so much turn-over lately (Craig Black, Sadie Brown, Paul Busch and Peter Franc are all relative newbies, replacing long-time members Sam Chittendon, Katie Dehler and founding  ...

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clerq” (2013)

  According to legend, George Balanchine first met his future wife Tanaquil Le Clercq  when she was a teenager, standing in the hallway outside a classroom at the School of American Ballet with her arms crossed. “Why aren’t you  ...

Feast, SITE Santa Fe

Since the 1930's, many artists have used the simple act of sharing food and drink to advance aesthetic goals and to foster critical engagement with the culture of their moment. These artist-orchestrated meals can offer a radical form of hospitality  ...

Marie Antoinette’s Head:

One of the final humiliations Marie Antoinette suffered, after languishing in a filthy prison cell, waiting for her execution, was to have her hair chopped off in order to offer a clean surface for the blade of the guillotine. Practical  ...

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) (2013)

For those of us who still believe that commercial art forms like the movies have the potential to be transformative—“The Great Beauty,” an Italian film by Paulo Sorrentino, is a gift.  A contemporary film with classical ideals—concerned with art, beauty,  ...