15 Santa Fe Opera World Premieres Since 1957

There have been 14 Santa Fe Opera world premieres launched at the Santa Fe Opera since 1957, when the Opera first debuted “The Tower.” The most recent original production, “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” will be the 15th world Opera premiere when it holds its debut at the Santa Fe Opera in July 2017.

According to the Santa Fe Opera, “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs seeks to capture the buzzing creative realm of Silicon Valley with a kinetic electro-acoustic score, lush vocal writing, a compelling non-linear narrative, and a production as innovative as the man himself.”

In 2015, another Santa Fe Opera World Premiere, “Cold Mountain,” opened to critical acclaim. The production has since been nominated for two Grammy Awards.

The Santa Fe Opera has been a leader in launching world premieres, in addition to conducting 40 American premieres.

Here is a complete list of the 15 Santa Fe Opera World Premieres since the Opera’s opening in 1957:

  1. 1957 – The Tower
    Music and Libretto, Marvin David Levy
  2. 1958 – Wuthering Heights
    Music and Libretto, Carlisle Floyd
  3. 1970 – Opera
    Music and Libretto, Luciano Berio
  4. 1971 – Yerma
    Music and Libretto, Heitor Villa-Lobos
  5. 1982 – The Confidence Man
    Music and Libretto, George Rochberg
  6. 1985 – The Tempest
    Music, John Eaton and Libretto, Andrew Porter
  7. 1995 – Modern Painters
    Music, David Lang and Libretto, Manuela Hoelterhoff
  8. 1996 – Emmeline
    Music, Tobias Picker and Libretto, JD McClatchy
  9. 1997 – Ashoka’s Dream
    Music, Peter Lieberson and Libretto, Douglas Penick
  10. 2003 – Madame Mao
    Music, Bright Sheng and Libretto, Colin Graham
  11. 2009 – The Letter
    Music, Paul Moravec & Libretto, Terry Teachout
  12. 2010 – Life is a Dream
    Music, Lewis Spratlan and Libretto, James Maraniss
  13. 2013 – Oscar
    Music and Libretto, Theodore Morrison
  14. 2015 – Cold Mountain
    Music, Jennifer Higdon and Libretto, Gene Scheer
  15. Premiering in 2017 – The (R)evolution Steve Jobs
    Music, Mason Bates and Libretto, Mark Campbell



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