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"Tristan und Isolde" in Santa Fe!

  • 16 Jun 2019 3:53 PM
    Message # 7582726

    News Flash from the Wagner Society of Santa Fe

    (May 18, 2019)


    This is the moment we’ve been waiting for the Santa Fe Opera’s just-announced 2020 festival season will include the first Wagner opera in over 30 years. A new production of Tristan und Isolde will premiere on July 18, 2020, for a six-performance run.

    The creative and artistic team, headed by director Jack Winokur and conductor James Gaffigan, will have two newcomers to Santa Fe Simon O’Neill as Tristan and Tamara Wilson as Isolde with Jamie Barton as Brangäne, Ryan McKinney as Kurwenal, and Eric Owens as King Marke. See for more information.

    We are proud that our quiet campaign to form a Wagner Society of Santa Fe Consortium, created to provide the Santa Fe Opera with critically important early production support for Tristan und Isolde, succeeded. So far, we have raised $120,000 in new money, both from new donors as well as increased contributions from current donors to the Santa Fe Opera.

    Should you wish to participate in this consortium, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at or email Allison Swenson, Santa Fe Opera’s director of development, at Be sure to let Allison know that your gift is to support Tristan und Isolde in 2020.

    We have arranged a refresher course of this passionate opera on Thursday, June 13, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at SITE Santa Fe. Soprano Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, mezzo Katharine Goeldner, and pianist Carol Anderson will perform a Tristan und Isolde storytelling and singing program. We organized the event in commemoration of SITE’s current exhibit, “Bel Canto: Contemporary Artists Explore Opera,” which features an underwater video installation by Bill Viola inspired by Tristan und Isolde. You can reserve tickets ($10 each for general admission) at SITE Santa Fe’s website:

    We thank Santa Fe Opera for having the courage to bring this four-plus-hour opera to Santa Fe. We’re champing at the bit to hear the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra play the Tristan chord in the open air on our own “Green Hill.”

    We hope you will visit Santa Fe and enjoy a performance of Tristan und Isolde with us. We'll roll out a red carpet for you!

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