The season opens on June 29 with a new production of Puccini's La Bohme, with Jennifer Black alternating with Serena Farnocchia as Mimi. Gwyn Hughes Jones and Dimitri Pittas sing Rodolfo and Nicole Cabell is Musetta. Marcello will be sung by Corey McKern and James Westman, Schaunard by Markus Beam, Colline by Kyle Ketelsen and Alcindoro by Wilbur Pauley. Opera Company of Philadelphia music director Corrado Rovaris conducts; Paul Curran directs Kevin Knight's production, which is set in Paris during World War I.
A revival of Mozart's CosÐ fan tutte opens on June 30, conducted by William Lacey. Susanna Phillips sings Fiordiligi and Susanne Mentzer is Despina. The cast also includes Katharine Goeldner as Dorabella, Norman Reinhardt as Ferrando, Mark Stone as Guglielmo and Dale Travis as Don Alfonso.
Tan Dun's Tea: A Mirror of Soul will receive its American premiere at Santa Fe this summer. Kelly Kaduce sings Lan; Nancy Maultsby is Lu and Haijing Fu is Seikyo. Lawrence Renes, who conducted performances of Tea in Amsterdam in 2003, makes his Santa Fe debut on the podium. It was previously announced that music director Alan Gilbert (whose contract ran through 2006) would be conducting, but he recently announced he would be taking a sabbatical this summer. Amon Miyamoto directs.
The company's production of Plat_e, its first staging of a Rameau opera, is directed by Laurent Pelly, based on his Paris Opera production. Jean-Paul Fouch_court makes his company debut as Plat_e; Harry Bicket returns to conduct. The production, opening on July 28, also features Leena Chopra as L'Amour/Clarine; David Pittsinger as Cith_ron and Heidi Stober as La Folie/Thalie.
A new production of Daphne opens on July 14, staged by Mark Lamos and featuring Scott MacAllister making his company debut as Apollo. Erin Wall sings Daphne, Garrett Sorenson is Leukippos, Meredith Arwady is Gaea and Matthew Best is Peneios. Kenneth Montgomery conducts; choreography is by Sešn Curran.