Known for its adventurous programming, the Santa Fe Opera presents its 17th world premiere this summer – Lord of the Cries, a work by John Corigliano, composer of The Ghosts of Versailles (1991), and librettist Mark Adamo, with the final performance offered live and via drive-stream Aug. 17. The event is simulcast onto two LED video walls in the Opera’s lower parking lots, with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the background, and the opera playing on the car radio.
Lord of the Cries draws on two similar stories from very different periods – The Bacchae by Euripides and Dracula by Bram Stoker. Heading the Lord of the Cries cast are countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, who makes his company debut in the title role, and soprano Susanna Phillips.
The rest of the season includes through Aug. 27, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, soprano Yang Fang as Susanna (company debut), conductor Harry Bicket and director Laurent Pelly; July 24-Aug. 26, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, conductor Nicholas Carter; through Aug. 25, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (company premiere), director and designer Netia Jones and Bicket.