The opening-night cast includes Serena Farocchia as Liu and Carl Tanner as Calaf. (Patricia Racette sings Liu for seven performances in August.) Music director Alan Gilbert conducts; Douglas Fitch is the director.
The highlight of the season is the premiere on July 30 of a new production of Osvaldo Golijov's opera Ainadamar ("The Foundation of Tears"). Dawn Upshaw reprises the role she sang in the world premiere at Tanglewood in 2003; Peters Sellars is the director; Miguel Harth-Bedoya, the music director of the Fort Worth Symphony, conducts.
The season also includes productions of Rossini's The Barber of Seville; Mozart's Lucio Silla; and Britten's Peter Grimes, with Christine Brewer as Ellen Orford and Anthony Dean Griffey in the title role.
Founded in 1957 by John Crosby, Santa Fe Opera is a center for new music, having presented ten world premieres and dozens of American premieres. The company has performed at the open-air Santa Fe Opera Theater since 1998.