MUSIC : And a Bit Farther South . . .
Festival business is also booming south of Aspen. The 36th season of the Santa Fe Opera runs from Friday through Aug. 29, and the 20th Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is July 18-Aug. 24.
The opera continues its tradition of mixing repertory standards with rarities and premieres. This year it offers the U.S. premiere of “The Sorrows of Young Werther” by Hans-Jurgen von Bose, conducted by George Manahan and staged by Francesca Zambello, who directed the “Les Troyens” production last season by Music Center Opera.
The company also offers new productions of “The Beggar’s Opera” (conducted by Nicholas McGegan, directed by Christopher Alden) and “Don Giovanni” (conducted by Edo de Waart and Manahan, directed by Lou Galterio), with revivals of “Die Fledermaus” and “Der Rosenkavalier.”
The Chamber Music Festival begins with a benefit recital by Jessye Norman, and other visitors will include the American Bach Soloists and the New York New Music Ensemble. The premiere of an untitled sextet by Jacob Druckman highlights a week devoted to contemporary American chamber music Aug. 11-17. The Music of the Americas project brings Antonio Zapeda and Danza Azteca de Anahuac for pre-Columbian programs Aug. 18 and 21 and Mark O’Connor for country fiddling Aug. 11.